What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Learn more about the different forms this disease may take.
Pleural mesothelioma affects the pleura or lining of the lungs. It's the most common form of malignant mesothelioma and accounts for 70% to 90% of all mesothelioma diagnoses.
Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the peritoneum, or the thin lining surrounding the abdominal cavity. It makes up 10% to 30% of mesothelioma diagnoses and typically has a better prognosis than other forms of the disease.
Pericardial mesothelioma is found in the pericardium, the lining that surrounds the heart. It's the rarest form of malignant mesothelioma and affects less than 1% of patients.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a fibrous, durable, heat-resistant mineral that was widely used in every branch of the military throughout the 20th century. In the early 1980s, researchers finally confirmed inhaling or ingesting these tiny microscopic fibers causes mesothelioma. If you served in the military, you were likely exposed to asbestos and may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
Discover the symptoms of mesothelioma, the newest treatments, and how to file a legal claim if you're eligible for compensation.
Malignant mesothelioma is such a rare form of cancer, many people don't even realize they have the disease. Here, you'll find information about symptoms, the diagnostic process, and different treatment options.
Veterans who worked with asbestos during their time of service and subsequently developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused disease are eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more about VA benefits and what you'll need to claim them.
Asbestos Use In The Military
Durable and heat resistant, asbestos was used in all five branches. Military barracks, aircraft, vehicles, and even textiles contained the carcinogen. If you served in the military, especially before the 1980s, it's likely you were exposed to asbestos.