A United Kingdom grandmother and former factory worker has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, decades after her asbestos exposure. The case of Sandra Anne Peterson underscores the dangers of working with asbestos, a toxic mineral that causes serious illnesses.
As reported in the U.K.-based Shields Gazette, Peterson, 57, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April of last year. Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos fibers. Peterson believes that she was exposed to asbestos while working in two factories as a teenager in the 1970s.
In one factory she made paper cigarette filters. A coating was used in the manufacturing process, which she called slurry, and she believes it contained asbestos fibers. The job was really dirty, and my overalls, face and hands got covered in fine, black dust it even got up my nose and in my hair, remembered Peterson. I believe it contained the asbestos fibers which have made me sick.
She also believes asbestos was commonly used to insulate electrical components at another factory where she worked from 1975 to 1976.
Like many other victims of mesothelioma, there were no protections for Peterson or anyone else coming in contact with the toxic dust. I was completely unaware of how dangerous asbestos could be back then, she said.
Peterson has retained a law firm to help her investigate exactly how she was exposed to the asbestos. According to her attorney, Asbestos-related diseases are the biggest occupational killer of all time, and it can take decades for victims like Sandra to develop debilitating conditions which really impact on their quality of life.
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