Health services for military veterans at the VA San Diego Healthcare System
Contact information for veterans to test for asbestos exposure: VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161. Phone: (858) 552-8585 or (800) 331-8387.
Tests for asbestos exposure should be administered to people who fit the description below. General attributes of these people are those that have had contact with asbestos through a "burst exposure" i.e. a very heavy concentration of asbestos for small amounts of time, unusual respiratory issues, prolonged exposure to asbestos, or friends or relatives of people who have dealt in asbestos-related fields even if the the one exposed to asbestos has no evident exposure signs.
Certain illnesses result from asbestos exposure: Asbestosis (a serious, chronic, non cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs), mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities and surrounding internal organs), pleural plaque and thickening (scarring of the lining of the lung) and lung cancer. The warning signs of asbestos-related diseases are coughing, coughing blood, shortness of breath, chest pain and weight loss. Unfortunately, the tangible symptoms of asbestos exposure can appear up to 25 years after primary exposure. Annual or even semi-annual asbestos detection tests are recommended.
If you need more information from your doctor, don't be afraid to ask.It is vital that the usual mode of testing is an x-ray (side and front view of your chest.) Further tests may include a pulmonary function test, blood work, a CT scan and/or biopsy. Doctors sometimes speak a language unintelligible to the layman. Weitz & Luxenberg stands by the belief that all those who have participated in the American Armed orces should receive the benefits they deserve. This includes compensation for potentially fatal diseases such as lung cancer.
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