Mesothelioma is a growing problem among veterans in the United States. Asbestos exposure is the primary factor in mesothelioma development. Since over 22.7 million veterans have been exposed to asbestos, mesothelioma must be addressed in the veteran population. Veterans were exposed to asbestos while working in the naval shipyard with fireproofing materials and insulation. In the 1970s, asbestos use decreased, but the damage to veterans who had inhaled the mineral while on the job had already been done. Veterans who were exposed to asbestos between 1950s and 1980s are developing mesothelioma today and are most at risk.
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