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released: 1 Dec 1992 author: AIHW

A report to the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs. Aims to assess and quantify any association between cancer incidence and exposure to dapsone and to Vietnam service among Australian Army personnel who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict.

ISBN 978 0 642 18855 7; Cat. no. AIHW 397; 161pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material 
    • Title page and verso
    • Letters of transmittal
    • Contents
    • Executive Summary 
  • Sections
    1. Introduction 
      1. Background
      2. Dapsone
      3. Sites of cancer of a priori interest
      4. Report structure
    2. Aim of the study 
    3. Data collection, collation and analysis 
      1. Identification of the study cohort
      2. Identification of servicemen who took dapsone or had malaria
      3. Identification of servicemen with cancer
      4. Determination of the population at risk
      5. Potential risk factors
      6. Analysis of cancer incidence
    4. Cancer incidence in different groups)
      1. Characteristics of the study population
      2. Dapsone-exposed Vietnam veterans compared with other Vietnam veterans
      3. Trends in cancer incidence with total dapsone dose
      4. Vietnam veterans with malaria compared with other veterans
      5. Cancer incidence among Vietnam veterans compared with non-veterans
      6. Dapsone-exposed Vietnam veterans compared with non-veterans
      7. Vietnam conflict era servicemen compared with other Australian males
      8. Trends in cancer incidence with latency period
    5. Cancer incidence in different groups)
      1. All cancers
      2. Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
      3. Leukaemia
      4. Soft tissue and other sarcomas
      5. Cancers of the mouth and respiratory system
      6. Cancers of the digestive system
      7. Skin melanoma
      8. Cancers of other organs
      9. Conclusion
    6. Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Protocol for an epidemiological study of cancer in servicemen of the Vietnam era particularly in relation to the use of dapsone 
      • Appendix B: Matching of service and cancer registration records
      • Appendix C: Statistical information 
      • Appendix D: Membership of the Scientific Advisory Committee 
      • Appendix E: Project staff 
    • Glossary
    • References 

Recommended citation

AIHW 1992. Dapsone exposure: Vietnam service and cancer incidence. Cat. no. AIHW 397. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 March 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442466554>.

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