What Is A Presumptive Disease?
A Presumptive Disease is a disease that can be related to a Veteran’s qualifying military service. For example, the VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Many of these herbicides contain Dioxins; a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants.
Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. Soldier sprayed herbicides during the Vietnam war to clear the jungles. These herbicides contained up to 50 times the concentration that would have been used for normal agricultural use.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are many serious health effects when exposed to dioxins:
“Short-term exposure of humans to high levels of dioxins may result in skin lesions, such as chloracne and patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function. Long-term exposure is linked to impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions.”
Who Is Eligible?
Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits when suffering from the presumptive diseases listed below:
- AL Amyloidosis
- Chronic B-cell Leukemias
- Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, Liver dysfunction
- Prostate Cancer
- Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
Do you need help with a denied claim for benefits from a presumptive disease?
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