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Sailors Unknowingly Faced Mesothelioma Risk

Sailors who worked aboard Navy vessels during World War II and the Korean War knew they would face risks.  But many did not realize that one of the greatest risks – asbestos causing mesothelioma – was invisible and was prevalent inside their own destroyers, aircraft carriers, and submarines, as well as throughout the ship yards. Until about the late 1970’s, asbestos was used extensively in ship-building, particularly in areas – such as around boilers or in engine rooms – where exposure to high heat was likely.  Because of its heat resistant properties, the material was also commonly used in the insulation of walls and around the pipes of ships. As a result, many sailors who worked in areas where asbestos was used, … Continue reading Sailors Unknowingly Faced Mesothelioma Risk »