Veterans at Elevated Risk of Mesothelioma

It is an unfortunate reality that there is a direct link between military service and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. American veterans, and in particular, Navy veterans, have an elevated risk of mesothelioma due to the volume of asbestos-containing materials that were used in the construction of Navy ships and military facilities. A full one-third of mesothelioma cases have been traced to exposure that occurred while serving in the Navy or working in the shipyards.

This infographic details the areas of a ship where asbestos was commonly used, and the specific jobs that put workers at the greatest risk of exposure. While many veterans completed their service decades ago, mesothelioma has a latency period of up to 50 years, and some veterans are just now beginning to show symptoms of this deadly disease.