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Mesothelioma News

Daughter of asbestos workers dies of mesothelioma
The daughter of a man and a woman who worked at an asbestos factory in the UK died of malignant mesothelioma, a coroner's inquest heard recently.

Lesley Shirley's parents both worked at the Cape Asbestos factory as spinners in the 1950s and 1960s, according to the Hebden Bridge Times.

Shirley, and her brother who also died of mesothelioma, were reportedly exposed to asbestos on their parents' clothes and while attending Christmas parties at the factory.

In addition, Shirley said in a compensation claim before she died that she would pick berries near the facility where there was "white dust and fluff blowing about."

Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded Shirley's death as the result of an industrial disease, reports the news provider.

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It attacks the thin membrane that lines the abdomen, chest and many of the body's internal organs.

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis and lung cancer.

Shirley was just 57 years old when she died of mesothelioma; her brother was 47, according to the news source.
12/21/10

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