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Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma

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Pleural Mesothelioma

A Veteran Health Risk

Australia is ranked high among other countries with the highest malignant mesothelioma incidence globally. Of the many groups distinctly affected by mesothelioma, Australian and United States military veterans have some of the highest health risks. In fact, nearly 30 percent of all U.S. mesothelioma cases can be traced to military service. Veterans in all branches of the military are at risk, especially Navy personnel.

The Navy used asbestos everywhere: engine rooms, boiler rooms, storage rooms, navigational rooms, galleys, mess halls, sleeping quarters and more. Asbestos covered the ceilings, walls and floors of these rooms. The Army, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard and National Guard also used asbestos, but not to the extent of the Navy. For many servicemen, asbestos exposure was unavoidable.

Veterans who served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict are more likely to develop mesothelioma than those who served in other wars. In later wars, some veterans likely encountered asbestos in older vehicles, machinery and equipment. Iraq War veterans may have been exposed to asbestos from old buildings that were destroyed or damaged.

Click here for other resouces such as the Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Association of Australia (AMAA) which provides Community Support information and Links to assist you in your research into asbestos related issues and Support Services.

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of asbestos-related cancer. Although it’s an aggressive illness, ongoing advancements in chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials are extending patients' lives, years beyond their life expectancy.

Exposure to asbestos can cause not only pleural mesothelioma and other types of cancer, but also severe scarring of the pleura, lungs and a disease known as asbestosis. These diseases, while not cancer, still can seriously impact the life of the victim, causing uncomfortable symptoms and prompting the need for treatment. Some of these conditions, such as pleural plaques and pleural effusion, are commonly present in the majority of pleural mesothelioma cases.

Click here for more information to help those suffering with asbestos related cancers.

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