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When asbestos declares war on a loved one

If one of your parents served in the United States Navy, no doubt you are proud of his or her service. You probably aspired to that level of respectability and developed a sense of duty and sacrifice.

However, you may now be seeing that your parent's sacrifice has not ended. In fact, with a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, your parent may now be facing a long road of suffering and sacrifice that he or she never anticipated.

Types of asbestos

Asbestos is mined in Africa, Australia, South America and across the globe and was used in countless products after researchers discovered its qualities of durability and fire-resistance. There are several types of asbestos, including:

  • Anthophyllite: Used in flooring products
  • Amosite: Used in ceiling tiles
  • Crocidolite: Used to insulate pipes
  • Actinolite: Used in a variety of products

In addition, the most common asbestos is Chrysotile, which manufacturers used in many home building materials. Tremolite may be another form of asbestos of which you have heard. Researchers have recently linked it to ovarian and other forms of cancer after makers of body powder used talc contaminated with Tremolite.

Cancer risk on ships

It's been more than 50 years since medical studies linked asbestos to deadly cancers of the heart, lungs and abdomen. Since then, about one third of all victims of mesothelioma have been Navy veterans like your loved one. This is because warships typically contain up to 500 tons of asbestos since the material is resistant to corrosion and degradation brought on by high temperatures.

Your parent may have breathed or handled asbestos in areas of a ship where ventilation was poor. Additionally, the constant vibration and motion of a ship at sea could easily dislodge asbestos particles, allowing seamen and merchant workers to inhale the carcinogenic fibers.

Finding answers to questions about compensation

While many countries have banned the use of asbestos, the United States has not. In fact, if you followed in your parent's footsteps and joined the Navy, you may also face exposure to asbestos-containing products. Meanwhile, if your parent has developed lung cancer, mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, you may want to know if the disease can be traced back to his or her time on a naval ship.

Facing the diagnosis of cancer may seem hopeless, but you certainly want your parent to receive the best possible care. Contacting a Pennsylvania attorney may be a step that will bring hope to your family. Many people diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses have been compassionately and aggressively represented in an effort to claim the compensation they deserve.

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