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Each time that the coin is flipped, there is an equal chance of it coming up heads or tails. If you flip "heads" 5 times in a row, that may be unusual, but it may simply be due to chance if you flipped the coin times in a row, for example, a run of 5 "heads" in a row may occur on a number of occasions. Alternatively, if you flipped the coin times and it came up "heads" every time, it would be highly unlikely that this pattern would be due to chance and you may suspect that there is another explanation for this observation some sort of "rigged" coin, perhaps one that has "heads" on both sides.

What if the coin came up "heads" 10 times in a row? Without knowing for certain if the coin was "rigged", would you feel confident in concluding that your observation was not due to chance? If an association is observed between an exposure and an outcome, scientific study is required to determine if the observation is a "real" association, or simply due to chance.

Scientific study relies on statistics to exclude chance. If a finding is "statistically significant", then it is unlikely that chance is the reason for the finding. Bias refers to a systematic error in the design or conduct of a study. Continuing the coin example, suppose you flipped the coin and recorded the results each time.

However, you only recorded the result when the coin came up "heads" and never recorded it when the coin came up "tails". After a while, you may notice from your recorded results that you have "heads" in a row, but no "tails". If you then concluded that the coin was "rigged", this would be an incorrect conclusion because your observations were biased.

Scientific studies must be carefully designed, conducted, and analyzed so as to ensure that there are no biases that may lead to false conclusions.

Confounding occurs when in addition to the specific exposure and the outcome that are being studied, there is an another factor related to both the exposure and the outcome. For example, perhaps it is observed that after eating roasted marshmallows, itchy bumps appear on the skin. These bumps may last for a few days and then go away, but they reappear after eating roasted marshmallows again. One may then conclude that eating roasted marshmallows is the cause of the itchy bumps on the skin.

However, if you are roasting marshmallows, you are likely doing this outside, when the weather is nice, and mosquitoes are present.

While you are roasting marshmallows, mosquitoes are also biting you, which is the real cause of the itchy bumps on the skin.

In this example, the mosquitoes would be a confounding factor. Firstly, an exposure to the chemical must have occurred. For example, a person walking past a large sealed barrel of Agent Orange would not receive any exposure, and so the risk of any possible health effects from Agent Orange would be zero.

Secondly, the exposure must be of sufficient dose amount. A central principle of toxicology is the concept of dose-response: For example, consider the use of a painkiller medicine such as morphine. If the prescribed amount is taken, pain will be relieved with minimal side effects. However, if too much morphine is taken, it can lead to breathing problems and death. The only difference between these two scenarios is dose - it is the dose that makes the poison.

At present, scientific knowledge cannot determine a specific level of TCDD exposure at which a health effect will occur. The health risk from TCDD exposure will depend on the dose received.

Thirdly, the health effect in question must be associated with the chemical exposure. For example, we know that too much sun exposure is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. If someone with a great deal of sun exposure develops emphysema a lung disease , we would not attribute this lung condition with sun exposure, simply because there is no association between sun exposure and lung disease.

The IOM has also noted that several scientific studies have not shown any association with some other health problems, such as brain or gastrointestinal cancers. In other words, these cancers have never been associated with any amount of exposure. Therefore, if someone who was exposed to Agent Orange developed brain cancer, current scientific evidence indicates that it would be unlikely that the brain cancer was due to Agent Orange. In conclusion, before a health effect can be considered to be associated with any substance, 1 there must be exposure, with the substance somehow having gotten inside a person, 2 the exposure must have been of a sufficiently large dose, or amount, to meaningfully increase the risk of a harmful effect see " What are the health risks associated with large exposures to TCDD?

Unless these three criteria are satisfied, there is no medical or scientific reason to suspect that a health effect is due to the substance. The adverse health effects associated with Agent Orange are believed to be due to TCDD, which current scientific evidence indicates to be carcinogenic.

In other words, sufficient exposure to TCDD under certain conditions is believed to result in an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. The human evidence that TCDD is carcinogenic is largely based on studies of highly exposed groups of industrial and agricultural workers Pohl et al. For example, one of the largest and most highly exposed industrial groups was made up of workers at 12 U.

It was only the workers with the highest cumulative exposure to TCDD that had a greater risk of dying from all cancers combined, as compared with the U. In this study, the degree of cumulative exposure depended on the level of TCDD contamination of the manufactured chemicals. For example, to reach the level of exposure of the workers in the highest exposure group, for whom the elevated cancer risk was observed, workers would have to be exposed to a chemical containing 10 ppm TCDD for their entire shift every working day for about 8 years.

At a higher TCDD contamination level of 50 ppm, workers would have to be exposed for the entire shift every working day for about 1. It was noted that " excess cancer was limited to the highest exposed workers, with exposures that were likely to have been to times higher than those experienced by the general population " Steenland et al. The magnitude of the increased risk of death from all cancers combined was 1.

This means that compared to the general population, these highly exposed workers were 1. The results of this study were consistent with other research into the cancer risks associated with TCDD. A recent scientific review article noted that " a number of large-scale retrospective cohort mortality studies have found significant increases in cancer mortalities all types of cancer combined.

These increases were typically found in workers exposed to the highest levels of dioxin [TCDD] and in workers with the longest follow-up periods. In general, the standardized mortality ratios were low less than 1. For illnesses other than cancer, a recent scientific review article indicates that the evidence from human studies has not been strong enough for example, the results are inconsistent or the studies are not designed well enough to estimate specific risks associated with TCDD exposure.

A more detailed discussion can be found in the article, which concludes that " although more than a dozen different adverse effects have been reported in various studies of humans in the past 25 years, the most consistent clinically important adverse effect of human exposure appears to be chloracne " Greene et al.

Chloracne is a skin condition. Typically, this condition is only observed in people when the TCDD level in their blood is several thousand times greater than the levels typically seen in the general population Greene et al. Veterans involved in herbicide handling and spraying in the Vietnam War were exposed to a number of different herbicide formulations see "What is Agent Orange?

Health studies of these veterans therefore look at the potential long-term health effects of herbicide exposures in general. These exposures were mainly to Agent Orange, but exposure to other herbicide formulations, such as Agent Purple, also occurred.

In comparison to heavily exposed industrial workers, Vietnam veterans were generally exposed to lower levels of TCDD. It is estimated that t he maximum TCDD dose experienced even by the US Air Force personnel directly involved in spraying "Ranch Hand" veterans was about one tenth of the maximum predicted dose of industrial workers Akhtar et al.

The most recent study of death among U. Army veterans in general concluded that death rates due to chronic conditions, such as cancer or heart disease, were no different in veterans who served in Vietnam as compared to non-Vietnam veterans Boehmer, For the vast majority of Vietnam veterans, unless they were directly involved in the handling and spraying of Agent Orange, their exposure to Agent Orange would have been very small Young et al.

The greatest degree of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam would have occurred among those veterans who directly handled or sprayed Agent Orange: Army Chemical Corps veterans were involved in the storage, preparation, and application of a variety of herbicides in Vietnam.

In a recent study, the death rate among Vietnam Army Chemical Corps veterans was not significantly different than non-Vietnam veterans for all causes, circulatory disease, or cancer. Vietnam veterans in this group had a higher risk of dying due to digestive system diseases, largely cirrhosis of the liver, as compared to non-Vietnam veterans.

The authors noted, however, that their study design did not account for lifestyle factors that can also cause cirrhosis of the liver, such as alcohol use: The Vietnam veterans' risk of death from digestive system diseases, including cirrhosis of the liver, was not higher than the risk for the general U. The aerial spraying of herbicides in Vietnam was conducted under the name "Operation Ranch Hand", from to Air Force veterans who took part in Operation Ranch Hand handled and sprayed herbicides, and they are the Vietnam veterans with the greatest exposure to Agent Orange.

These veterans have been studied closely in the Air Force Health Study, the purpose of which was to determine if the health of veterans who handled and sprayed herbicides in Vietnam had been harmed by this exposure. The Air Force Health Study was launched in and t he most recent and reportedly final report was released in July see http: May to March " to access the full report.

The Air Force Health Study examined more than health-related outcomes in these veterans, grouped broadly into 12 areas. The overall significant findings in each area can be found in the executive summary of the report and are summarized below.

Measures of general health were not related to herbicide exposure. The one exception was that body mass index a crude measure of body fat was greater with increasing blood TCDD levels. Mixed patterns of associations were found, but no consistent or meaningful patterns that would suggest that herbicide exposure caused cancer. The report stated that " these patterns did not suggest an adverse relation between cancer and herbicide exposure".

Of the many neurological tests that were performed, only differences in pinprick sensation and reflexes were observed in those with the highest TCDD exposure, providing " some support for a relation between dioxin [TCDD] exposure and peripheral nerve function ".

No measures of psychological health were associated with herbicides or TCDD exposure. Of the many tests performed, there was no association between the gastrointestinal test results and herbicide or TCDD exposure.

The only exception was a relation between TCDD and higher levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Although measurable, this relationship was not considered to be of any health significance. A variety of health outcomes were studied, such as heart attacks, heart disease, vascular disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. The report concluded that " overall, cardiovascular health did not appear to be adversely associated with herbicide or dioxin [TCDD] exposure ".

Several factors were measured in the blood of Ranch Hand veterans. Overall, there was no indication of an " adverse relation between herbicide or dioxin [TCDD] exposure and any haematological [blood disease] diagnosis ".

There was no indication of " adverse relation between renal [kidney] function and herbicide or dioxin [TCDD] exposure ". There was a slightly increased risk of Type 2 adult-onset diabetes among the Ranch Hand veterans with the highest exposure.

There were no consistent findings relevant to health for thyroid or sex hormones. There was no consistent association of health significance between any measure of immune function and herbicide or TCDD exposure. There was no association between lung health and exposure to herbicides or TCDD.

The Air Force Health Study report concluded that overall, only type 2 diabetes was associated with exposure to TCDD among these veterans with the greatest herbicide exposure. The Ranch Hand veterans were not more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than the comparison veterans without significant herbicide expsoure, but their risk of Type 2 diabetes increased with increasing blood TCDD level. The study confirmed associations between diabetes and other known risk factors: The report noted that " the epidemiologic studies suggest that any increased risk of Type 2 diabetes from herbicide or dioxin [TCDD] exposure is small when compared to the known predictors - family history, obesity, physical inactivity - for diabetes ".

The IOM has also found limited or suggestive evidence of a link between adult-onset Type 2 diabetes and herbicides used in Vietnam, including Agent Orange, but concluded that other traditional risk factors for diabetes far outweigh the risks of Agent Orange.

The most recent study of causes of death among Ranch Hand Vietnam veterans was published in May Compared to Vietnam veterans who did not spray herbicides, Ranch Hand veterans did not have a greater risk of death due to cancer. When all Ranch Hand veterans were examined, the risk of death from all causes and from circulatory disease was slightly increased, but this was not statistically significant in other words, chance could not be excluded as the reason for this slight increase.

When only enlisted ground crew were examined, they had a slightly greater risk of death due to circulatory diseases than the comparison veterans.

However, when veterans with serum TCDD measurements were examined, the risks of death from all causes, from cancer, or from circulatory disease were not significantly increased. In other words, those with measurable TCDD exposure did not have a greater risk of death from any cause compared to Vietnam veterans without significant herbicide exposure Ketchum et al. More information is available from the Air Force Health Study website http: As a result of political and policy decisions, the US Veterans Administration automatically presumes that veterans who served in Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange http: They are also required by law to presume that, if a veteran develops an illness that is among those associated with Agent Orange, the illness is related to military service Section 2, US Agent Orange Act of , Public Law No.

The IOM notes that they have not found that Agent Orange is the cause of any illness, that the associations they found were largely based on studies of heavily-exposed chemical and agricultural workers, and that their conclusions " are not intended to imply or suggest policy decisions ". Veterans Affairs Canada grants pensions for service-related disabilities, with the pension process designed to give applicants every chance to show how their disability is related to military service.

Veterans Affairs Canada requires evidence of exposure and a medical diagnosis of the condition ie. Pension Adjudicators take into account the latest scientific evidence available to establish an association between the condition and exposure to Agent Orange during service.

Pension Adjudicators have flexibility in weighing the evidence presented in individual cases and, in the absence of credible evidence to the contrary, any doubt that arises in weighing evidence regarding a service-related illness associated with exposure is resolved in the applicant's favour. In fact, the Department is obliged, under the Pension Act, to give the "benefit of the doubt" to the Veteran.

The environmental fate of Agent Orange has been described in a recent review article Young et al. For Agent Orange to be as effective a herbicide as possible, the maximum amount of spray had to reach the vegetation as quickly as possible.

To achieve this, aircraft flew very close to the treetops in calm weather conditions to minimize the amount of spray drifting outside of the target area. Rapid settling of the spray droplets was also important. Droplets of this size generally fall rapidly. US studies showed that even the droplets smaller than m m would have hit the vegetation less than 3 minutes after spraying Young et al.

For spray drift beyond the target area to occur, herbicide would have to remain in the air for extended periods of time, where it would be rapidly degraded by sunlight. Aerial photographs of herbicide-sprayed areas in Vietnam show very distinct and sharp lines between treated dead and untreated healthy trees.

Had there been significant drift either way from the swath of aerial spraying, traces of damage would have been visible as streaks of discoloured foliage Young et al.

The studies showed that little aerially-sprayed Agent Orange reached the forest floor as liquid droplets. The Agent Orange that lands on plant surfaces is absorbed into the wax layer of the plant cuticle within minutes and cannot be physically dislodged Young et al. Agent Orange left on the plant surface breaks down in sunlight within hours Crosby et al.

It is estimated that very little, if any, Agent Orange can be dislodged from the plant surface 24 hours after spraying Young et al. It is likely that due to the degradation by sunlight of TCDD on leaf surfaces that little material would be left by the time the leaves fall to the ground.

TCDD is not very soluble in water and binds tightly to soil particles. Estimates of the half-life of TCDD the amount of time it will take for the concentration of TCDD to be reduced by half on the soil surface range from 9 to 15 years, whereas the half-life in subsurface soil may range from 25 to years ATSDR, However, TCDD may enter surface water secondary to soil erosion and runoff. Although some of the TCDD that makes its way to surface waters will be broken down by sunlight or evaporate, most will remain strongly attached to small particles of soil or organic matter and eventually settle to the bottom.

TCDD attached to this organic matter may enter the aquatic food chain. Small aquatic organisms absorb TCDD that is attached to sediment and organic matter in bodies of water. Larger fish then consume these smaller organisms and accumulate TCDD in their fatty tissues.

Root uptake and translocation to upper plant parts is very minimal. Herbicide testing was conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida from to , when roughly 75 kg of 2,4-D and 76 kg of 2,4,5-T the ingredients of Agent Orange were aerially sprayed on an area of less than 3 square kilometres. It is estimated that 3. Because of the extent of the testing, each hectare on the Eglin test grid received at least times more TCDD than a hectare sprayed with Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Much of the vegetation on the test site had been removed, allowing an opportunity to study ground-based residues that would not be affected by interception of the sprayed herbicides by the forest canopy Young et al.

Small but detectable levels of TCDD in the parts per trillion range were found in some soil samples 20 years after the last application of herbicide. It was estimated that the vast majority of TCDD that reached the ground had been degraded by sunlight within 24 hours of spraying and would not have persisted in the environment.

In the years that followed the herbicide testing, vegetation growth gradually returned to normal, indicating that there was no persistent herbicide effect. Examination of animal species that lived in close contact with the soil did not reveal significant health effects Young et al.

In summary, very large quantities of herbicides were applied to the Eglin Air Force Base test site, far more than would be applied during typical aerial spraying, and far more that were used during the herbicide tests at CFB Gagetown June , , and June , see " How much Agent Orange was sprayed at CFB Gagetown? These herbicides were applied over areas where vegetation had been removed, thereby maximizing the amount of herbicide that reached the ground.

No long-term negative effects on vegetation or wildlife were detected. Although TCDD could be detected in the soil years after the testing, the amounts present were extremely small and did not appear to have a significant adverse effect on the environment Young et al.

Most of the TCDD released into the environment comes from combustion sources, such as municipal and medical waste incineration, backyard burning of household waste such as plastics, cement kilns, forest and brush fires, and burning of fuel for agricultural purposes and home heating.

TCDD can be formed in metals operations, such as aluminum smelting, steel production and scrap metal recovery. Because of this past and continued production and release of TCDD, it is everywhere in our environment in very small quantities. Cigarette smoke is also an important source of exposure Muto et al. A gram is a relatively small amount: A picogram is a trillionth of a gram. Put another way, one picogram is one part per trillion of a gram see "How much is a part per trillion ppt?

Every day, the average adult is exposed to about billion molecules of TCDD. In a study of industrial workers for whom an elevated cancer risk was observed see " What are the health risks associated with large exposures to TCDD? Health Canada's tolerable daily intake value is currently under review, but will likely be equivalent to the WHO value.

Based on the assessment of health authorities, the tolerable daily intake is the amount of TCDD that people can be exposed to every day of their lives without harm. The tolerable daily intake is expressed in a manner that takes into account differences in body weight between different people. For example, the tolerable daily intake of TCDD for a 70 kilogram adult is picograms 4 picograms of TCDD per kilogram multiplied by 70 kilograms per day.

For a 80 kilogram adult, the tolerable daily intake would be picograms 4 picograms of TCDD per kilogram multiplied by 80 kilograms per day. It is estimated that in North America, the average body burden of TCDD the amount of TCDD contained within our bodies is parts per trillion ppt , measured either in body fat or in blood lipids Hays et al. In comparison, the average serum level of TCDD in a sample of Ranch Hand personnel who handled and sprayed herbicides in Vietnam was 49 ppt in , many years after exposure had occurred.

Because half the TCDD in our bodies is naturally eliminated every years TCDD's half-life , it was estimated that 2 to 4 half-lives had passed since the time of their exposure and that their serum TCDD levels around the time of exposure had probably been several hundred ppt MMWR, Other Vietnam veterans who did not directly spray or handle herbicides in Vietnam had body burdens of TCDD that were no different than normal background levels, in the range of 2 to 4 ppt Young et al.

It is estimated that the maximum TCDD dose experienced by Ranch Hand veterans was only about one tenth of the maximum predicted dose of industrial workers Akhtar et al. In a study of heavily exposed industrial workers for whom evidence of associations between TCDD and cancer was observed , the average estimated serum level of TCDD at the end of exposure was ppt, with a maximum value of ppt Steenland et al.

People who have serum TCDD levels greater than ppt develop a skin condition known as chloracne Greene et al. We are all exposed to TCDD. It can be measured in our bodies.

The risk of health effects associated with TCDD is entirely dependent on the degree of exposure, or dose see "Under what circumstances might Agent Orange or its ingredients lead to health effects? During the tests, records indicate that helicopters sprayed the herbicide in an unused and remote area of the base, not in proximity to any residential or working areas, under strictly controlled conditions, and with little to no wind.

The total area sprayed by various herbicides containing 2,4,5-T eg. Agent Orange, Agent Purple, and others was The total amount of all herbicides containing 2,4,5-T that were sprayed during the and tests was kg, of which kg was Agent Orange and kg was Agent Purple AD Technical Memo , ; AD Technical Memo , The greatest amount of herbicide exposure resulting from the June , , and June , tests would likely have occurred among those people who directly handled or were sprayed by herbicides.

In considering their health risks, it is important to consider the concept of dose-response see "Under what circumstances might Agent Orange or its ingredients lead to health effects?

Most of the associations between TCDD exposure and health outcomes have been observed in heavily exposed industrial workers. Vietnam veterans with the greatest amount of herbicide exposure Operation Ranch Hand veterans had less overall TCDD exposure than heavily exposed industrial workers.

Personnel exposed to herbicides during June , , and June , testing at CFB Gagetown would generally have had less exposure than Ranch Hand veterans, who on average spent more than a year in Vietnam Akhtar et al.

Without knowing specific details of how the herbicides were handled during the June , , and June , tests, subsequent activities that might have resulted in exposure, and the specific TCDD concentrations of the herbicides used, it is not possible to make definitive statements about the degree of potential exposure and health risks for particular individuals involved.

Given the relatively small herbicide quantities applied, relatively brief duration of exposure, and the findings of health studies of more heavily exposed groups, the scientific evidence reviewed above suggests that the health risks would generally be lower than the risk for more heavily-exposed Vietnam veterans and lower still than the risk for the heavily-exposed industrial and agricultural workers on whom most of the Institute of Medicine associations are based.

With respect to CF members travelling through the targeted area after the spraying or conducting activities elsewhere in the training area, the evidence summarized above suggests that, in the absence of an unusual exposure incident, it is unlikely that they would have received a level of exposure significant enough to harm human health Young et al.

The only study on the question of health effects of people living near CFB Gagetown was conducted in by Health and Welfare Canada and it looked at limited data and limited health information. In order to assess if the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides had resulted in detectable health effects in the communities surrounding CFB Gagetown, Sunbury County which borders the area of CFB Gagetown where the June , , and June , herbicide testing occurred was the area chosen for study.

Death rates due to all causes, circulatory diseases, and cancer were either lower or no different than expected Wigle et al. Potential reproductive health effects were evaluated by studying the outcomes of babies born around the time of spraying and in the months that followed. The study concluded that the herbicide testing at CFB Gagetown " resulted in no significant increase of adverse pregnancy outcome events in the population adjacent to Camp Gagetown " Wigle et al.

The study also noted " Based on climatic conditions, spray technique, knowledge of the chemicals used and the results of other studies it is unlikely that persons outside the confines of Camp Gagetown would have received a significant exposure to any of the defoliants tested " Wigle et al.

DND is assessing what further health study may be required. The evidence summarized above and what is currently known about the spraying suggest that it is unlikely that the herbicides sprayed at CFB Gagetown June , , and June , would have travelled a significant distance beyond the target area or resulted in sufficient environmental contamination to harm human health see "What happens to Agent Orange after it is sprayed?

Sufficiently great exposure to TCDD-containing herbicides could potentially increase the risk of illnesses associated with Agent Orange see " Under what circumstances might Agent Orange or its ingredients lead to health effects?

Unfortunately, it is rare for anyone to live his or her entire life without any sort of health problem. The Public Health Agency of Canada contains a wealth of information on the burden of disease in Canada http: For example, by the middle of , more than 35 Canadians had died of cardiovascular disease and more than 30 Canadians had died of cancer http: According to Diabetes in Canada Second Edition , it is estimated that 30 Canadians die each year from diabetes and diabetes-related complications http: According to Canadian Cancer Statistics http: In other words, the average Canadian male has a 1 in 2.

It is estimated that in , out of every men in Canada and out of every women will develop cancer. Roughly Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and 69 Canadians will die from cancer in In New Brunswick, it is estimated that 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 1 people will die of cancer in In order to compare these numbers for New Brunswick with the rest of Canada, it is necessary to look at standardized cancer rates, which take into account differences in age and population size between provinces.

The rates of new cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths in New Brunswick are higher than the Canadian average, but the New Brunswick rates are generally the lowest of the Maritime Provinces Canadian Cancer Statistics, There are many potential causes and risk factors for the illnesses that affect Canadians.

Of all the people who have or will develop these illnesses, few have been exposed to Agent Orange or Agent Purple. A total of products containing 2,4,5-T, which contained TCDD contamination, were registered for use in Canada between and The last product was registered in , but thereafter the registration of all of these products was discontinued. For information on 2,4-D, which is still registered for use in Canada, see the following Health Canada website: DND's use of herbicides will be reviewed over the next several years.

Some of the health information noted above would also generally apply to other chemical exposures, in that the risk for adverse health effects would depend on the dose and duration of exposure see especially "Under what circumstances might Agent Orange or its ingredients lead to health effects? Talk to your MO and look at these or any other references for yourself. If you do not see a web link to a reference you would like, ask your MO for a copy and an explanation of any technical language or concepts that are not clear to you.

Although there are many other sources of information, the references consulted are trusted by the Surgeon General, are believed to be based on sound scientific evidence and analysis, and are believed to represent the general consensus about Agent Orange in the medical and scientific community. Do not hesitate to consult your MO if you have questions about this or any other health concern.

AD Technical Memorandum Demaree and Richard A Creagar, October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine ; Postservice mortality in Vietnam veterans: Archives of Internal Medicine ; Serum 2,3,7,8-t etrachlorodibenzo- p -dioxin levels in US Army Vietnam era veterans. Environmental degradation of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo- p -dioxin TCDD. Mortality among army chemical corps Vietnam veterans. American Journal of Industrial Medicine ; Agent orange and cancer: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians ; 53 4: An updated assessment of the exposure of Canadians to dioxins and furans.

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