Morbidity of Australian Vietnam Veterans

51,753 questionnaires were posted to 49,944 male Vietnam veterans, 278 female Vietnam veterans and 1,531 widows/divorced/separated partners. 86% of those to whom questionnaires were posted responded. 79% completed a questionnaire.

Condition Reported Percentage Expected
Vietnam Veterans
Hearing or ear problems 22030 55 10161
Haemorrhoids 11070 28 2107
Panic attacks 12068 30
Migrane 6887 17 489-4668
Anxiety disorders 16388 41 12478
Depression 17960 45 14249
Alcohol & drug abuse 14411 36
Insomnia & sleep disturbance 20642 52 20931
Impotence 7908 20 20930
Gastric reflux 12202 30
Ulcer 3089
- Stomach 4732 12
- Duodenal 3114 8
Cirrhosis of the liver 1132 3 41-1207
PTSD 12504 31 3059
High blood pressure 13790 34 7335-12992
Allergies 8415 21 9094
Asthma 3803 10 2689
Cancer 10000 25
Melanoma 2686 7 380
Skin cancer 6936 17
Cancer of head & neck 859 2
Leukemis 64 <1 26
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 137 <1 48
Soft Tissue Sarcoma 398 1 27
Cancer of the Colon 405 1 117
Male breast cancer 51 <1 3
Cancer of testis 151 <1 110
Cancer of eye 96 <1 11
Lung cancer 120 <1 65
Prostate cancer 428 1 147
Prostate disease (non-Ca) 2970 7 9141
Diabetes 2391 6 1780
Hepatitis 1603 4
Malaria 3294 8 907-1100
Strongyloides 636 2
Motor Neurone Disease 128 <1 2
Multiple sclerosis 84 <1 19
Ischaemic heart disease 5965 15 3236
Dermatitis 7530 19 1013
Eczema 2567 6
Acne/Rosacea 1076 3
Psoriasis 3179 8 473-1288
Tinea 8172 20

Veterans' Partners:

Stress 40
Anxiety disorders 34
Depression 30
Insomnia/sleep disturbance 23
Migrane 15
High Bblood pressure 11
Alcohol/drug overuse 8
Stillbirths 2149 5
Miscarriages 8614 22
Terminations 2010 5

Veterans' Children:

Uncorrectable sight problems 2376 8 4690-4962
Hearing/ear problems 3068 10 23488
Spina bifida 353 1 33
Anencephaly 47 <1 16
Down's syndrome 138 <1 92
Tracheoesophageal fistula 111 <1 23
Cleft lip or palette 273 1 64
Absent body parts 350 1 34
Other abnormality 4009 13 888
Leukemia 75 <1 57
Wilm's tumor 42 <1 7
Tumour nervous system 105 <1 48
Other cancers 730 103 per 10000 297-369
Other illness death 841 2 805
Suicide 231 1 75
Accident death 836 2 365
Psychiatric (diagnosed) 4410 11
Anxiety disorders (diagnosed) 6712 16

This summary has been prepared by Veterans' Independent Consultation Group Inc., from information contained in: Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans: A Study of the Health of Australia's Vietnam Veterans Community, Volume 1, Survey and Community Comparison Outcome.

Gary D. Moore, (The Last) Chairman
Michigan Agent Orange Commission
5161 Howard Road
Smiths Creek, MI 48074-2023
e-mail: ao@gmasw.com
Update: February 19, 2013

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