Memorial Day is a special day on which we honor the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. They have paid the ultimate price so that we could keep our freedom.
Being away from their families is not the only hardship veterans face. Veterans who have served on active duty may have been exposed to air contaminated with asbestos, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which often leads to major health problems later in life.
It can take anywhere between 10-40 years to notice the effects of exposure to asbestos. No amount of it is safe—even breathing asbestos in one time could have lasting negative effects.
Four common health problems to due asbestos exposure are:
- Asbestosis- Scarring of lung tissue
- Pleural plaques- Scarring of the inner surface of the rib cage
- Lung cancer- Cancer of the lining around the lungs
- Mesothelioma- Cancer of the abdominal cavity
Getting the news about a negative health diagnosis could be devastating to veterans and their loved ones. It is an overwhelming process that can be tough to manage.
Risk of Suicide for Lung Cancer Patients
A recent article shows that the risk of suicide is four times more likely in lung cancer patients—veterans included. Dr. Jeffrey Port of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York says the suicide risk could be so high because:
- Most people may feel very little hope after a cancer diagnosis
- People may feel guilty for smoking, even though lung cancer is not always caused by it
- Lung cancer patients may have other health issues such as heart disease
- Lung cancer does not have many survivors, so there are very few support groups
Suicide is 100% preventable. Families and friends of veterans suffering from lung cancer should look out for warning signs that signal depression or anxiety. Prevention begins with realizing that there is a problem and fixing it.
Here at Pintas and Mullins Law Firm, we have been representing patients with lung cancer for over 30 years, and have won millions for our clients. Our lung cancer specialists work with clients from all over the country and offer free consultations. If you or a loved one has any questions about the legal process or any other lung cancer issue, call us at 1-800-310-2222 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.