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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

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There are an estimated 22 million veterans in the United States today, and a majority of them were exposed to asbestos at some point during their military service. A portion of those eventually will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, which often delays the start of treatment and limits the treatment options. Many of the symptoms mirror those of less serious illnesses. Early warning signs like a persistent cough, night sweats and fever are frequently misdiagnosed as pneumonia or influenza, allowing the cancer more time to spread.

If a veteran has known asbestos exposure, it would be wise to heed any early warning signs and request a chest X-ray or other early screening tests. The Mesothelioma Center can help with any questions you may have.

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