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Veterans at Heightened Asbestos Risk

The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that hundreds of thousands of the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces have come into contact with asbestos during their careers. Approximately 30% of the thousands of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans.

Mesothelioma is a particularly virulent and deadly form of cancer, linked to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used as a fire retardant for decades in several industries, including the military. Over 300 products containing asbestos were regularly used in the US armed forces from the 1930s until the 1970s.

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