Former UK firefighter dies from mesotheliomaA court found recently that a former UK firefighter died from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer that occurs in the tissues surrounding most of the body's internal organs.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Kevin Almond died on July 8, just six days before his 57th birthday, at Kirkwood Hospice.
Coroner Roger Whittaker recently ruled that Almond's death was the result of an industrial disease.
In addition to malignant mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos can cause a number of other serious illnesses including asbestosis and lung cancer. The World Health Organization estimates that such asbestos-related diseases kill approximately 107,000 people around the world each year.
Almond reportedly worked for the West Yorkshire Fire Service in Heckmondwike and Wakefield, UK, between 1983 and 2008, the news provider said.
Almond, who worked as a mechanic prior to becoming a fireman, leaves behind two grown children and his wife, Kathleen. According to the news provider, Almond and his wife had been planning to move to France before he became ill with the deadly disease in 2009.
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