Mesothelioma can affect people from all walks of life, but some occupations can increase the risk of developing the deadly lung disease. Unfortunately, serving in the military is one of those occupations.
Here are three facts about mesothelioma and veterans which you may want to know, based on information from Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Mesothelioma Can Affect All Branches of the Armed Forces
Asbestos has been used over the years in various branches of the military, from shipbuilding to aircraft components. Its widespread use means that many military men and women have been exposed to the toxic material through ship and aircraft repair, or simply by being onboard (if the asbestos fibers became airborne).
Asbestos was also used in the building of barracks, offices, and housing, so in addition to those in the navy and airforce, other military personnel may have been exposed.