What To Do If You've Been Exposed to Asbestos

Category: Advice & Tips
Created on Tuesday, June 18 2013
Written by Faith Franz

Asbestos in VeteransAs with many other job-related hazards, asbestos exposure was an unavoidable reality for many men and women who served in the U.S. military. From Navy ship to Army bases, hundreds of government-owned properties were contaminated with asbestos. Working around the fibers was a common occurrence for many veterans.

Although the government now acknowledges the health threats of the fibers and chooses not to use new asbestos products in their ongoing operations, old exposures cannot be undone. And while a history of contact with the fibers doesn’t always mean you’re going to face health problems, it does raise your risk for diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura and lung cancer.

That’s not to say that you should worry extensively about your health. However, you can certainly benefit from several precautions. Below, we outline the four most important precautions you should take if you’ve been exposed to asbestos:

If at any point during your journey, you need assistance applying for your VA benefits, simply contact the Veterans Department at The Mesothelioma Center. Our VA-accredited team of experienced vets can help you obtain the medical and financial benefits that you’ve earned with your service.

Faith Franz writes for The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. She encourages patients to consider the benefits of alternative medicine.