More than thirty percent (30%) of Americans with mesothelioma cancer were exposed to asbestos while serving in the United States Military. Many more were Naval Contractors and Shipyard Workers who helped build and service Navy Vessels. Asbestos exposure is the only cause of Malignant Mesothelioma.
Armed Forces Veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have a great risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as:
Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards, such as the Boston Navy Yard (also called the Charleston Navy Yard and the Boston Naval Shipyard) from the 1930s through the 1970s, are at a high risk for developing a disease due to asbestos exposure.
Nearly all branches of the military utilized asbestos for insulation purposes. More than three hundred asbestos containing products were used by the military, primarily by the Navy from, the 1930s through the 1970s. Every Navy ship and Navy shipyard built before the 1970s employed numerous asbestos-containing materials, putting veterans and Shipbuilders at risk.
These asbestos materials were used in engine and boiler rooms. Navy personnel who worked below deck were exposed to asbestos dust consistently. All sailors aboard the Navy vessels are at risk for Mesothelioma, as asbestos was used in navigation rooms, sleeping quarters, and mess halls. Asbestos could also be found in brakes, gaskets, valves, cements, adhesives, and floor and pipe coverings. Because of the extensive use of Asbestos materials and Asbestos-containing products, Boston Navy veterans and shipyard workers are one of the most at-risk groups for developing Malignant Mesothelioma Lung Cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.