The medical information and links are related to cancers of a specific type which have been found to be caused by chemical exposure. The sources serve to help the reader make the medical connection between exposure and the development of AML, cancers and other serious illnesses.
The research began in response to the V.A.’s ruling CFR3.307 which asserts that AML and other cancers can not be considered service related unless they manifest within one year of the veteran’s last date of service. This policy effectively excludes most cancers resulting from exposure incidents. AML and other cancers that are extremely aggressive can manifest as early as 6 to 18 months of exposure, whereas many cases result in disease anywhere from 18 months to over 5 years.
If the connection between cancer and service could be validated, then benefits that are rightly due to our service men and women, Department of Defense employees, and their families could be restored, and an effort to prevent future cases could be made.
Some Facts Regarding AML
Most of the veterans we have been working with suffered and died from AML due to chemical exposure. Since the time of diagnosis the families have been investigating this situation. We came together and found many other families through this research. Although there are various diseases manifesting from chemical exposure AML is the one we have the most information on. We would like to take this opportunity to share some of that information with you.
In disease that resulted within the one year time frame, it has been stated that patients who died before the development of identifiable cancer, died to the extreme exposure to the chemical(s), skipping the development of cancer. Although cancer appears to be a response to less-extreme exposure, acute myeloid leukemia with a specific karotype, has been associated with chemical exposure which results in a specific mutation of the chromosomes, resulting in the development of a very aggressive leukemia in which the prognosis is not favorable.