Rare cancer linked to Asbestos exposure
If you served in the military before 1980, chances are you were exposed to asbestos in some form or fashion. Some veterans were exposed more than others, depending on their MOS (military occupational specialty). Asbestos is an extremely common mineral used for a wide variety of purposes for its fire-resistant and insulating properties.
While regulations have limited the use of asbestos considerably since 1970, it is still found in some construction materials and older buildings. Asbestos fibers, when ingested or inhaled, are very difficult for the body to expel, so the fibers end up in the membrane (mesothelium) surrounding the lungs, chest, stomach and abdomen, and in rare cases the heart.
Is asbestos still being used?
Yes, asbestos is still in use. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral found in rocks and soil. Prior to 1980, it was commonly used in building and construction materials in buildings, homes and schools.
In fact, the United States Geological Survey states that asbestos manufacturing reached an all-time high in 1977 with 4,800,000 tons produced. Asbestos is one of the deadliest dusts in existence, causing health problems including mesothelioma.