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Occupations at Risk for Exposure to Asbestos

There are approximately 3,300 mesothelioma cases reported each year as a result of asbestos exposure. Most asbestos exposure happens in the workplace, with a whopping 125 million people having been exposed on the job. About half of all occupational cancer deaths are attributed to asbestos.

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During its heyday, asbestos was praised for its near-perfect industrial features. It was a superior construction material mainly because of its resistance to heat and corrosion. Occupations associated with having a high risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Asbestos plant manufacturers
  • Boiler workers
  • Brick masons
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywall workers
  • Electricians
  • Factory workers
  • Firefighters
  • Industrial plant workers
  • Insulators
  • Machine operators
  • Mill workers
  • Military personnel, particularly U.S. Navy veterans
  • Miners
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Roofers
  • Sailors
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steel mill workers
  • Teachers
  • Tile setters

Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma in Veterans

The majority of mesothelioma patients are men over the age of 55. About 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, because asbestos was used heavily in shipyards and other military installations during the mid-1900s.

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Veterans may be eligible for financial compensation and benefits. Learn more about how asbestos affects veterans, including how to file a VA claim.

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