Another ship doomed to sicken its own crew was the USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), named after Benjamin Franklin. It was commissioned in 1944, serving the U.S. Navy for 3 years, when it was decommissioned in 1947. This Essex-class aircraft carrier with hull number CV-13 was built in Newport News, Virginia, and carried almost 100 aircraft and a complement of 2,600 men. The battles during World War II in the Pacific Ocean brought it four battle stars.
Long-term exposure to asbestos has been shown to be strongly associated with the causation of lung cancer. If lung cancer is caught in its early stages, treatment options and outcomes do improve. Measures of early detection are in the process of catching up with work-related lung diseases, in relation to the accuracy of making a diagnosis, for example, NIOSH-certified B Readers evaluate chest X-rays to see if there are any changes that point towards diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.