Is squamous cell carcinoma presumptive to service during Desert Storm?

Posted on: Monday, April 09, 2018
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Is squamous cell carcinoma presumptive to service during Desert Storm?

Question

Is squamous cell carcinoma a type of cancer that is service related? I was in Desert Storm and I know there  were different toxins in the air.

Jim's Reply

I think you're asking if squamous cell carcinoma is presumptive to your service during Desert Storm. A presumptive disabling condition is one where the veteran doesn't have to prove cause and effect, the VA cedes cause and effect to that period of service, with some restrictions. A good example is the long list of rated conditions that are attributed to agent orange and are thus presumptive. The short answer is no, squamous cell carcinoma is not presumptive to your service. However, if you have an independent medical opinion (IMO) of an expert physician who is able to attest that exposure to (x) chemicals was more likely than not the cause of the cancer, you would have a very good chance to service connect the disease. In this case the burden of proof is on you. If you believe that your multi-chemical (& DU?) exposure was the cause of the disease, you should seek an IMO and take it from there.

 

 

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