Use of Agent Orange in Canada

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tatt2man
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   Posted 2/18/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I read this disturbing article in the Toronto Star yesterday about the use of Agent Orange (and its chemical derivatives) and the exposure to young men ( high school students and Junior Rangers) working in Northern Ontario in the 1950's - 1970'S.
www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/940243--star-exclusive-agent-orange-soaked-ontario-teens

In today's newspaper, they state the Ontario Government is launching an inquiry, and encouraging those to contact the MNR ( Ministry of National Resources) - and those who feel they are affected by the spraying to contact: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Occupational Disease Information Phone Line: 416-344-4440 or toll-free 1-800-387-0750 -ext 4163444440 ( that seems odd ext but that is what is written)
www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/940878--ontario-probes-agent-orange-poisoning

I have posted a link to the article on my facebook page

BRONSON
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/24/11 - TBA

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/18/2011 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Bronson, this is both scary and unsettling. I thought it was only us Viet-nam vets that had to worry about Agent Orange exposure.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

tatt2man
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   Posted 2/20/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
the Ontario government is now stepping up their investigation ... and after reading the articles, I remember when I worked for a landscape company back in the 1970's, we had a few municipal work orders cleaning out the scrubs and weeds by the railway tracks and hydro lines using herbicides...
... and also, the decks and retaining walls ( 4 x 4's and railway ties) back then were coated with the creosote ( a carcinogenic) ... the guys would come back covered in that stuff after prepping the wood for installation ...
....

hindsight hugs,
BRONSON
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/24/11 - TBA

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 2/20/2011 6:02:46 AM (GMT-7)


RCS
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   Posted 2/20/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Agent Orange is composed of 2,5T and 2,4D.  It is my understanding that both 2,5T and 2,4D were used in agriculture (control of unwanted vegeation) in Canada, the US and elsewhere. I am guessing that guys who applied the chemicals should stay on top of there PSA tests. 
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