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Charlestown, Massachusetts

Asbestos Exposure in Charlestown, MA

Charlestown is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Settled in 1628, Charlestown was the original capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony and included lands which now make up the towns of Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Woburn, Burlington, and parts of Arlington and Cambridge. Charlestown was incorporated as a city in 1847, but in 1874 it was annexed to Boston by popular vote of the citizens of both cities. Although founded by English Puritans, Charlestown experienced a wave of Irish immigrants in the 1840's, due to the famine in Ireland. Charlestown remained largely Irish-American in character until the 1980's. Since then, urban redevelopment and gentrification have brought greater diversity to the area.

Charlestown's location on a peninsula between the Charles and Mystic Rivers, with easy access to Boston Harbor, made it logical center of maritime activity, including shipbuilding and fur trading. The Boston Naval Shipyard, popularly known as the Charlestown Navy Yard, was established in 1801 and remained in operation until 1974, with facilities including a ropewalk and two dry-docks. At the height of WWII, the yard operated around the clock, employing nearly 50,00 people turning out destroyers and destroyer escorts for the navy. In later years, Charlestown Navy Yard participated in the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program (FRAM), upgrading aging naval vessels. Today the yard is a National Historical Park and ship museum, and is also the home port of U.S.S. Constitution, the nation's oldest commissioned warship. Although much of Charlestown's industry centered around the shipyard, beginning in the mid-19th century milk and sugar products also became prominent. The H.P. Hood dairy company was founded in 1846, and the original plant is still used for research and development, although milk and ice cream production has moved to nearby Lynnfield. The deep-water harbor access was useful to the sugar industry, and American Sugar Refinery Corporation, Domino Sugar Corporation and Revere Sugar all had refineries in Charlestown at one time. Schrafft’s Candy Company, well-known for their confectionary and ice-cream parlors, originated here also.

Charlestown's significant shipbuilding history, as well as periods of construction and urban revitalization, have made exposure to asbestos an issue for workers and their loved ones. Exposure to asbestos is associated with diseases such as pleural mesothelioma, a disease affecting the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma treatment facilities in and around Charlestown are listed at the bottom of this page.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Charlestown

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Charlestown where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • American Sugar Refinery Company
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Boston & Maine Railroad
  • Boston Edison Company
  • Boston Filter Company
  • Boston Naval Shipyard
  • Charles‐Newton Apartments
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • Domino Sugar Corporation
  • Geo. G. Fox Company
  • H P Hood and Sons Inc
  • Inhiting Milk Company
  • Ithica Marine Company
  • Mystic Station
  • Old Iron Side Museum
  • P. J. Riley
  • Revere Sugar Refinery
  • Shraft Candy Plant
  • Turner Center Creamery Association
  • Union Carbide
  • United States Gypsum Comp
  • Us Naval Shipyard
  • Us Navy Yard Charlestown
  • Whiting Milk

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Charlestown, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 1.4 miles


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 3.2 miles


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 1.6 miles


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 3.3 miles


The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Distance: 41.2 miles


Thoracic (Lung) Oncology Center
100 Campus Drive
Suite 102
Scarborough, ME 04074

Distance: 90.6 miles


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 93.7 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Charlestown, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Richard L. Kradin
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street, WRN 2
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 1.4 miles

Dr. Scott Swanson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 3.2 miles

Dr. Raphael Bueno
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 3.2 miles

Dr. David J. Kwiatkowski
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 3.3 miles

Dr. Pasi A. Janne
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 3.3 miles

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Distance: 38.9 miles

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Distance: 44.8 miles

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 47.2 miles

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 47.2 miles

Dr. Tracey L. Weigel
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Division Director of Thoracic Surgery
818 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Distance: 96.6 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Charlestown, Massachusetts

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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