08/24/2010 // Washington, D.C., USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Washington Mesothelioma Reporter

For many years, it has been widely thought that mesothelioma cancer is predominately caused by exposure to asbestos. However, recent findings has shed light on the fact that time served in the military may also be a possible culprit.

In fact, a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs shows that the above-average diagnosis rates of mesothelioma in military personnel may have been inadvertently caused by their service for the nation.

Due to its extremely long latency period, mesothelioma can sometimes take up to fifty years for symptoms to appear in the body after the exposure to asbestos. The toxic substance has been used within the military for some time up, having been banned from use only recently.

In light of these findings, U.S. Navy personnel runs a particularly high risk of contracting mesothelioma, since many of the components of naval ships used asbestos in the past. In addition, the insulation surrounding pipes, sleeping quarters, and ventilation units all used to have asbestos in them.

Because of the new data provided within the military, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will allow any veterans who have developed mesothelioma from there service in the military to apply for benefits.

It is important that all service men and women who think that they may have been in contact with asbestos, to have annual checkups for signs of mesothelioma.

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