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Air Force Over the past two decades, there has been a growing acknowledgement in the medical world of the health risks posed by exposure to airborne asbestos. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, hundreds of thousands—and possibly millions—of living veterans were exposed to asbestos during their military service. An Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry analysis listed military personnel as one of the top job categories for asbestos exposure. Until the early 1970s, there was no government regulation over the use of asbestos. That means that any air base built from the 1930s to the 1970s was filled with equipment and construction materials containing the toxic substance. From the mess halls where pilots ate to their sleeping quarters, airmen were at significant risk of exposure. Although anyone on the base faced exposure, some Air Force jobs were at particularly high risk, including: Construction workers Aircraft mechanics Demolition crews Electricians Motor vehicle service technicians Base firefighters Maintenance crews Asbestos was found nearly everywhere on an Air Force base, in hundreds of products: Vehicle brake pads Sealants Concrete foundations Fire-resistant clothes Acoustic tiles Pipe insulation for both buildings and piping Machinery used to build and fix planes Aircraft engines Roof tar Air Force veterans who came into contact with asbestos during
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Importance of Seeing a Mesothelioma Specialist Mesothelioma is a rare disease that’s difficult to diagnose and treat. But when you hear the diagnosis for the first time, your own health and welfare may not be your biggest worry. Even before the shock wears off, your thoughts may turn to the financial impact mesothelioma will have on your family. In fact, you may put the financial welfare of your family before your own medical needs. One of the ways you might try to ease the financial burden is going to a family physician for medical care—instead of seeking the expertise of a specialist at a dedicated mesothelioma- or cancer-treatment facility. 1. Earlier Diagnosis Because mesothelioma is a rare disease (only about 3000 new cases are diagnosed in the US each year), primary care physicians may be unfamiliar with current diagnostic methods, which can result in a delayed diagnosis. As with any form of cancer, earlier detection of mesothelioma results in a better prognosis, while a delay in diagnosing the problem can have disastrous results. 2. Greater Experience and Expertise A specialist is a physician who has undergone extensive training in a specialty area, such as cancer treatment. Doctors who have met the requirements to be specialists are certified by specialty boards after passing an examination, which is administered by the board. Some specialists go even further, taking an additional year of training in a subspecialty, such as treatment of cancers of

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