Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that develops after asbestos exposure. There are certain groups of people who are more likely to become exposed to asbestos. Learn why veterans who served before or during the 1970s are particularly vulnerable.
Asbestos Exposure in the U.S. Armed Forces
Asbestos is a toxic silicate material that was highly valued for its insulating properties. As such, it was often used in housing and other industrial applications before its toxicity was widely known. It was not until the 1970s that asbestos use was regulated by the U.S. government.
Additionally, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that it can be decades before symptoms of mesothelioma become apparent. At this point, the disease is often in a later stage and becomes more difficult to treat.
Both of these factors combine to make veterans a high-risk group for mesothelioma. This is because veterans commonly came into contact with asbestos abroad when old buildings got damaged and released toxic chemicals into the air. Another common location of asbestos exposure was in U.S. shipyards.
If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces before or during the 1970s and you’re now experiencing the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite
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If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help you identify any and all liable parties and recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages.
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