We discussed in a previous article about asbestos exposure within US Navy among the war veterans and not only. We already know most of the sailors performed their tasks in dangerous work environments and were unaware of the fact that a lot of a ship's components were made of asbestos. Here, we will discuss what diseases were caused by this toxic mineral.
From the beginning, you need to know not only the US Navy veterans who sailed on ships were exposed to asbestos, but also everybody that worked in the proximity of a vessel, from the shipbuilding until the shipbreaking process. This means that also the officers and personnel that worked for the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and other service branches were at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.
Mesothelioma is the most common disease and the most dangerous one that occurs as a consequence of the asbestos exposure and it is a rare form of cancer that affects the pleura or the lining of the lung, but also of the stomach and heart. It is known the fact that even the shortest periods of time for exposure can cause such conditions, so, if you know you were exposed at a certain point in your life to this toxic material, you have to consult a doctor. In order to receive a diagnosis, you need to undergo blood tests like MESOMARK or SOMAmer, imaging tests like MRIs, CT scans, X-rays or PET scans, but also biopsies are really efficient in finding if you suffer from this disease. Even though you inhaled asbestos dust and fibers, you should know that there is a latency period of 20, 30 and even 40 years until the disease will make itself present. There are certain types of mesothelioma, each one with its own symptoms:
Pleural mesothelioma (around 75% of cases):
- Persistent fever
- Persistent chest pain
- Persistent dry cough
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Shortness of breath
Peritoneal mesothelioma (around 20% of cases):
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent constipation or diarrhea
Pericardial mesothelioma (around 1% of cases):
- Irregular heart beats
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent fever and sweats
- Persistent coughing
Testicular mesothelioma (less than 1% of cases):
- Painless testicular lumps
- Swelling of the scrotum
Mesothelioma is a condition that develops extremely fast. Once you were diagnosed, it spreads really quickly and it is very rarely treatable. Somehow, you can receive compensation for this situation. Because the manufacturers that provided the products contaminated with asbestos didn't warn the clients, there is a legal possibility to claim financial compensation with the help of a professional lawyer. Furthermore, you can check here some testimonials of people who now suffer from an asbestos-related disease.