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Mesothelioma in the United States

The United States has historically been a major producer and importer of asbestos, the deadly fibrous mineral that causes mesothelioma. Although the use of asbestos in the U.S. has declined over the last several decades, it can still be found in many older buildings, materials, and products, and because of the cancer’s long latency period, people who were exposed as long ago as the 1960s or 1970s are being diagnosed with mesothelioma today.

One of the hardest-hit groups of Americans who have been exposed to asbestos are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Every branch of the military has had its share of mesothelioma cases, though the U.S. Navy has produced more diagnoses than the other branches due to the high amounts of asbestos used in naval ships for insulation and other products subject to the pressures of heat, friction, and electricity.

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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Deaths in the U.S.

The number one place where people are exposed to asbestos in the United States is at work. However, asbestos can also be found in many homes, schools, and public buildings, putting Americans, residents, and visitors to the U.S. at risk of developing mesothelioma.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli

Lawyer for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families

Jennifer R. Lucarelli
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