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    VA Designates Male Breast Cancer, 2 Other Cancers as Service-Connected Illnesses Under PACT Act

    VA Designates Male Breast Cancer, 2 Other Cancers as Service-Connected Illnesses Under PACT Act

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has added three rare cancers to its list of illnesses presumed to be caused by exposure to burn pits and other environmental toxins during the Persian Gulf War and post-9/11 combat operations.

    The VA announced Monday in the Federal Register that it has designated male breast cancer, urethral cancer and cancer of the paraurethral glands as presumptive diseases under the Act, allowing affected veterans to file for expedited disability compensation and health care benefits.

    The additions follow similar moves in 2021 and 2022, when the VA added three common conditions — asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis — and nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of PACT Act-related conditions.

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    Since 2021, the VA has managed an internal effort to determine which illnesses should be presumed to be related to military service. With the process, VA staff review available science and data, as well as veterans' claims data, to establish new presumptive conditions.

    “We are working with urgency to deliver on the promise of the PACT Act to provide health care and benefits to as many toxic-exposed veterans as possible — we're leaning in wherever we can,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement Friday. “VA is working with one goal in mind: Getting today and tomorrow's veterans and their families the benefits…

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