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Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

Veterans and Mesothelioma: Coming Home with a Covert Condition

Veterans comprise about one-third of mesothelioma diagnoses. The Veterans Administration urges veterans to watch for mesothelioma signs and symptoms.

Unfortunately, those having worked within the military (doing demolition and producing certain materials, for example) are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.

Melanoma with Color Differences Image/National Cancer Institute

Melanoma with Color Differences
Image/National Cancer Institute

High Risk

Mesothelioma, with initial symptoms of chest pressure and nagging coughs, continues to affect military veterans, sometimes decades after service. These men and women are at a higher risk due to duties addressed while enlisted and post-service, civilian jobs related to working with asbestos.

Asbestos was popular in the 1900s-70s.

Asbestos was used in the production of ships, tanks, automobiles, and aircrafts, spanning all branches of the military. It wasn’t until the 1970s that asbestos use was curtailed and threats to health realized.

Veterans serving from 1940 to 1980 are at high risk. Yet, those serving more recently need also be concerned since it took the military decades to fully remove hazardous processes and materials.

Post-Military

Those serving in the military that later adopted civilian duties, becoming electricians, construction workers, mechanics, and industrial craftsmen, all jobs directly or indirectly associated with asbestos exposure.

In some cases, mesothelioma affects loved ones who hugged, kissed, and handled the clothes of those in direct contact with hazardous materials.

It’s Likely

Each ship built prior to 1970 hosted asbestos-containing materials, with shipyards stocked with related materials. To date, researchers identify more than 300 military-related materials containing asbestos.

If you were on a naval vessel between the mid 1930s and 1970s, no portion of the ship was free of asbestos materials. Used extensively in engine and boiler rooms, ship decks and public areas posed a health hazard.

Made Claims

Veterans make health-related claims, as well as discuss other benefits with VA-related agencies, websites, and personal physicians. The VA recognizes mesothelioma as a service-connected health condition.

Effective mesothelioma prognosis depends on the stage of tumors and subsequent treatment. A number of methods determine the presence of illness, some involving small incisions made between the ribs and within the abdomen to drain fluids as well as to sample cells for subsequent analysis.

Don’t dismiss the likelihood of exposure if you or a loved one was enlisted in the services. Elderly are especially prone to failed prognosis due to lapses in memory or a lack of awareness.

Guest Author :

Katie Johnson has a diverse background in PR, journalism and digital marketing. She is focused on creating a unique community for family, friends or those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease.

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