Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a
common occurring chemical found in many industrial products.
Mesothelioma attacks the thin membrane protecting the abdomen, lungs and heart. Airborne asbestos particles become lodged in the membrane and cause the cancer.
If you were in the military between the 1930’s and 1970’s there is a higher than normal chance you were exposed to asbestos particles in some way. Asbestos products were used in the insulation for barracks and work areas, vehicle, aircraft, and ship parts.
The symptoms of mesothelioma can take 10 to 50 years to appear and are often dismissed as pneumonia or other respiratory disorders. So now that you know don’t just assume that a doctor would have noticed the symptoms by now, ask to be checked specifically for the cancer.
Here is a list of the various types of mesothemiola and their symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent coughing
- Persistent chest pain
- Weight loss
- Buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity
- Weight loss
- Irregular bowel movements
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Heart murmurs
- Excessive palpitations
- Labored breathing
- Night sweats
The VA recognizes their responsibility to provide treatment to eligible veterans and has programs to help. You must meet the following criteria:
- Honorably discharged from the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard
- Exposed to asbestos during military service
- Have a service-connected disease or disability related to asbestos exposure
You can get more information on filing VA claims here.
For more information on the types, causes, symptoms, and treatment of mesothelioma, visit their website at: http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com .
As with any type of cancer early detection and treatment of mesothelioma is the best possible cure. Get checked out today.