Military Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

Military Veterans

Military Veterans have a 1 in 3 chance of developing an asbestos related disease in their lifetime. Veterans have the right to bring lawsuits against negligent asbestos companies for exposing them to toxic asbestos-containing products and materials.

There are 21.5 million current living Veterans according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have the greatest risk of developing Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer. Navy Veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War have the highest incidence of Asbestos-related diseases.

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Military Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

The U.S. Military used thousands of Asbestos-Containing Products in their ships between the 1920-late 1970’s. 14 in every 1,000 WW II Shipyard Workers died of an asbestos-related disease compared to 18 in every 1,000 combat related deaths.

Mesothelioma primarily occurs in Veterans between the ages of 55-75.
Asbestos was listed as the top contaminant at 32 U.S. Army base closures during the 1990s.
A recent study showed that as many as 30-40% of Mesothelioma victims is U. S. Veterans.

Malignant Mesothelioma Cell Types

Malignant Mesotheliomas can also be classified into 3 main types based on how the cells are arranged:

  • Epithelioid Mesothelioma: 50% to 60% of diagnosed Mesothelioma Cases.
  • Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma: 10% to 20% of Mesothelioma Cases
  • Biphasic Mesothelioma (Mixed): 30% to 40% of Mesothelioma Cases.

Median Survival Rate for Malignant Mesothelioma Patients by Stage

  • Stage 1 – 21 Months
  • Stage 2 – 19 Months
  • Stage 3 – 16 Months
  • Stage 4 – Under 12 Months

 Malignant Mesothelioma Symptoms Include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Dyspnea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Fluid Build-up in Lungs
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Nausea
  • Night Sweats
  • Orthopnea (Dyspnea When Lying Down)
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Thickening of Pericardial Layers