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Exposure to Agent Orange Linked to Cancer

Duncan Smith/Thinkstock(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- A new study has found that individuals who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War may be more at risk to being diagnosed with cancer.

Researchers at the Overton Brooks VAMC in Shreveport, Louisiana conducted a study and found that four percent of the 297 patients with kidney cancer between 1987 and 2009 claimed they were exposed to Agent Orange. The findings of the study were presented at an American Urological Association meeting. The study has found that a link exists between exposure to Agent Orange and various types of cancer.

Researchers say they may need to better determine if exposure to the chemicals should be considered a risk factor for kidney cancer.

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