Agent Orange & Prostate Cancer

Attention all Vietnam War Veterans:  You were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange during the war and this exposure puts you at a high risk for developing prostate cancer.  Veterans who have not been tested for prostate cancer need to be evaluated as soon as possible as early detection allows for better medical treatment.

The development of prostate cancer associated with Agent Orange can often be delayed over 30 years after exposure.  It is important to note that Vietnam Veterans who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are eligible for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration.  The United State Veterans Administration has officially determined that there is “presumptive cause” that prostate cancer is a service related disability because of the positive association that exists between exposure to Agent Orange and development of the cancer.

Veterans who served on land, air or sea during the Vietnam War are considered to be eligible for these benefits if cancer is diagnosed.  If you have prostate cancer, you can go to the official web site www.vva.org (Vietnam Veterans Association) to learn more about the available benefits.   Benefits are on a sliding scale and will depend on whether your cancer is active or inactive.  Please note that benefits will not begin until your filing is made and will not be retroactive  to the date of your diagnosis.  There is no deadline by which the prostate cancer must be diagnosed following service in Vietnam.

The Veterans Administration advises prostate cancer patients to work with a representative to help negotiate the claim process.  These representatives are available by calling your local offices for either the Disabled American Veterans Association or the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs.    Once you are assigned a representative, you will be required to provide your doctor’s written medical diagnosis of prostate cancer as well as a copy of your military record of your service in Vietnam.

If you do not have health care insurance, the Veterans Administration will handle your testing and treatments.  If you do have health care insurance, you can opt to obtain medications and treatment from the VA (with a co-pay.)

African American men & Prostate Cancer

African American men have the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in New York State. Black men are one and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer and almost twice as likely to die from the disease than white men. We don't know why. If you are an African American man, you should educate your self and the men around you about Prostate Cancer, using support groups and the websites linked on the left.

Gay and Bisexual Men and Trans W2M & Prostate Cancer

Gay and Bisexual Men and Trans WtoM (GBT) have unique physical, psychological and social needs around prostate cancer. Few doctors and hospitals adequately address these needs. New York State is proud to be first in the nation to host support groups for GBT people diagnosed with prostate cancer. For more information, contact darryl@malecare.org