Although exposure to asbestos may have taken place years or decades ago, United States veterans are still being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, today.
Navy veterans are some of those most likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma due to exposure during their time of service. As we mentioned in Monday's blog post, asbestos was built into almost every area of Naval ships. It was even used in living and sleeping quarters, where Navy personnel breathed in fibers around the clock. The use of asbestos on ships put shipbuilders and those on board at great risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis today.
Like Navy veterans, Marines are also at high risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis in their lifetime. Marines spent time on the same ships enduring the same exposure as Naval personnel. Marines also built ships and submarines where they came into contact with many asbestos-containing materials.
Today, more and more veterans are being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma. The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center currently offers an Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program that maintains a record of service members and DoN civilian employees with a history of occupational exposure to asbestos.