Asbestos Induced Mesothelioma Essay

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Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma in Veterans By Ron Wicker Sep 5, 2007 Veterans who served in the army, navy, air force and marines before 1970 are a high-risk group for mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that at least 30 percent of those suffering with asbestos-induced mesothelioma are American veterans. In the 1970s the government began regulating the use of asbestos, but previous to that, asbestos was widely used in military buildings, equipment, submarines and ships. World War II veterans are at an especially high risk for developing asbestos-induced mesothelioma. What is Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the mesothelium, a fine protective lining that covers…show more content…
Because of this, many people are just finding out today that they are suffering with asbestos-induced mesothelioma, even though the government now regulates the use of asbestos. That is why it is essential that veterans who served prior to 1970 be screened regularly for mesothelioma. Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma in Navy Veterans Navy veterans are at a greater risk than those who were involved in other branches of the military because of the wide-spread use of asbestos in military ships. All areas of navy ships built before the government began regulating the use of asbestos increased exposure including boiler rooms, mess halls, sleeping quarters, navigation rooms, and engine rooms. The families of those who served in the navy were also at increased risk of asbestos-induced mesothelioma because of asbestos fibers carried home on the clothes of navy veterans. If a veteran believes he or she may be at risk for asbestos-induced mesothelioma, he or she needs to be checked regularly. Also, veterans rights organizations are advocating that the government take steps to help veterans who are suffering from mesothelioma or may be at

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