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Veterans at Elevated Asbestos Exposure Risk

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Veterans are among the most at-risk demographics when it concerns asbestos exposure. While at first the connection between the two may seem somewhat muddled, further examination demonstrates that veterans are clearly at elevated risk for the development of asbestos-related health complications. There are essentially two exposure points that veterans will often encounter. The first is naval ships and shipyards, and the second is within various military structures and vehicles.

Asbestos was used as a near “miracle” material for several decades before its ban by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the late 1970’s. It was most commonly used as an insulation material that could be added to concrete, drywall, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, and other bonding agents. Among the most common exposure points was aboard naval ships and in naval shipyards, where asbestos use was extremely prevalent. Those who worked with older materials or repaired asbestos fixtures are most at risk. Asbestos could be found nearly anywhere aboard a naval ship, but was most common around piping and electrical fixtures.

Military infrastructure is built to the highest standards because it is constructed with combat and protection in mind. Tanks, submarines, humvees, and personnel carriers all used asbestos to enhance the fire retardant qualities of these vehicles. Even in military bases and other installations, asbestos was used throughout the piping and structural components for this same reason. For this reason, those who commonly encountered or repaired these fixtures may have been at risk of exposure.

Those who believe they may have been exposed should speak to a physician about the severity and duration of their exposure. Asbestos exposure has been conclusively linked to pleural mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. For more information about asbestos cancer or other specific exposure information, please visit the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center at maacenter.org

The above information was made available to us from the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center

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