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My name is Ruby Cartagena and I am a cancer information coordinator. A couple of weeks ago, I sent an email to this email address, and I wanted to send another to make sure it had been received. I recently found your website, USS Stoddard DD-566, and thought it was a great resource for veterans. I had a suggestion for adding some material on lung cancer.

More than 150,000 Americans die from lung cancer each year. Smoking and tobacco are the leading causes, but other causes include: radon, asbestos, beryllium, and others. Veterans are even more likely to get lung cancer than the general public because of exposure to a number of these pollutants.

Lung Cancer Answers ( provides information on causes, types of lung cancer, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. We also have a page specifically for veterans:

If you'd rather something more visual, we also provide the following info-graphic:

Would you link to this resource via your website? The Home page looks like the most effective place to put a link. We can also write up some specific content for your site. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this information. I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Ruby Cartagena


My name is Patrick Givens and I am the Outreach Manager for the Mesothelioma Cancer Network. The past popularity of asbestos specifically in naval vessel manufacturing continues to make Mesothelioma a danger to those who served in our Navy.  Not only where the men who constructed these ships exposed to asbestos, but the crew members on board as well. Specifically in boiler and engine rooms where asbestos use was prevalent and space was limited, naval soldiers were forced unknowingly to breath contaminated air.

Mr. Withers, your links page, directs visitors to other useful websites for Veterans. Our site, is an extensive source of information that covers the details of symptoms and various ranges of prognosis and treatments that are available. I would be grateful if you would share our resource on your website so that veterans, patients and their families can better understand this terrible affliction. Ideally, this would be a single text link to Mesothelioma or one of our banners found Here. Please let me know if this partnership is of interest to you. I look forward to your response.


Patrick Givens
Outreach Manager


My name is Colin Hare and I'm the Veteran Liason for the Mesothelioma Center (; an organization devoted to assisting veterans through their application processes for VA benefits, and helping them obtain the maximum benefits for which they are entitled.   While I was browsing through a number of Veterans sites I came across your website and was very impressed by the information you have listed.

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.

The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. In addition, we have thousands of articles regarding asbestos and mesothelioma and we've even created a veterans-specific section on our website in order to help inform about the dangers of asbestos exposure. 

Because so many veterans visit your site, I thought that you may be interested in posting our link to help educate veterans on the dangers of asbestos exposure by linking to our website from your page at Please let me know. You can reach me at chare(@) or at 407-965-5755. Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Colin Hare
Mesothelioma Center

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