Episode 1067 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature another peril Vietnam Veterans face as a result of serving an ungrateful nation in that demanding War in Southeast Asia. On top of all the other dark shadow legacies of that overseas contingency such as PTSD, a host of diseases caused by exposure to Agent Orange, JASTA enabled legal entanglements and mental problems caused by ignorant anti-war protesters, now Vietnam Veterans must be concerned with a new vulnerability – liver fluke parasites. That’s right – liver fluke parasites. They are a known cause of a rare bile duct cancer. The Department of Veterans Affairs has consented to commissioning a small pilot study to investigate the possibility of a link between the ingesting of liver fluke parasites and bile duct cancer.
The Associated Press ran a story recently titled: Slow-killing parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans, VA study says. The article indicated that research conducted by Sung-Tae Hong, a tropical medicine specialist at Seoul National University in South Korea, led credence to the supposition many Vietnam Veterans contacted the aforementioned cancer during service in Vietnam after they consumed locally procured raw or under cooked fresh water fish.
The hideous thing about bile duct cancer, more commonly known as cholangiocarcinoma, is that it can lay dormant in a person for up to fifty years before swelling and inflammation of the bile duct occurs. This can lead to, intense pain, jaundice, itchy skin, weight loss, cancer and other symptoms. The symptoms generally appear only when the disease is in its final stages. The ironic thing about this is that liver fluke parasites can be easily removed from the body if the condition is treated early on. Untreated, the inevitable will happen over time but there are no early symptoms to warn a potential victim.
Listen to episode 1067 and discover the story about this new danger coming from service in Vietnam and the vital thing every Veteran must consider.