We each face workplace hazards on a daily basis, but the risks soldiers face are especially high. One of the greatest dangers many service members are at risk of is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is a nonflammable insulating fiber contained in many structures and vehicles used by the United States military. The problem is, exposure to asbestos can result in an individual developing a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.
Data shows that around 1,000 veterans are diagnosed with Mesothelioma each year. This leaves many wondering what service members can do to protect themselves from the disease.
Using respiratory protection while on the job is one option, but it may not totally prevent exposure. That’s why an article from The Mesothelioma Center encourages former and current soldiers to remain vigilant of the symptoms that can manifest in an individual who has developed Mesothelioma.
The symptoms of the disease can include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Weight Loss
- Tightness in the Chest
So what should you do if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms? Experts say that while there is no cure for Mesothelioma, getting early treatment can help extend an individual’s life expectancy and quality of life.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers have seen the devastating results Mesothelioma can have and hope these tips help you to recognize the signs of the disease and the need to take immediate action toward treatment and receiving proper compensation.