Sunday, July 29, 2007
Agent Orange - Navy Shipboard Vietnam Cancers Linked to Water: "SAILORS who served on naval ships during the Vietnam War have been told their ships' drinking water, which was contaminated with Agent Orange, could be causing their cancers.The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating a link between the number of cancers among sailors and the desalinated water on board some ships, which contained dioxins from the deadly defoliant.The alarm relates to ships that took on water in Vung Tau harbor in Vietnam between 1965 and 1972, specifically HMAS. Sydney, which made 23 trips to Vietnam during the war, and her escort shipsBetween 1980 and 1994 as many as 170 navy personnel died from cancers potentially related to the water on the ships, according to the Mortality of Vietnam Veterans cohort study.An updated mortality study on Vietnam veterans is due to be released later this year.The problem was identified nearly three years ago when the National Research Center for Toxicology found that desalinated drinking water taken from the estuary was contaminated with Agent Orange, which was sprayed widely across the country during the war. Our own less than forthcoming collaborative US Government/Chemical companies duo; knew this fact decades ago. One of the more bizarre aspects of the report from the CDC was the claim that those veterans who suffered most from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had served on Navy ships off the coast of Vietnam. It said that those who had served in III Corps, which had some of the heaviest Agent Orange spraying of the war, seemed to be at lower risk. This is classic US government BS logic. In context: This was before the admission of non-hodgkin's lymphoma in those that were geographically in Vietnam and the government was still in t"