A SOLICITOR has warned that asbestos disease does not have a 'sell-by date' after an inquest heard how an 86-year-old York man had become its latest victim.
Howard Bonnett, of Corries Solicitors, said that in recent times, he had been dealing with many more case of men and women in their 80s who were suffering the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
He said York Acting Coroner Jonathan Leach had recorded at an inquest that Raymond Brown, of Rawcliffe, had died because of the cancer.
"The inquest heard evidence that Mr Brown had been exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s during his work as a pump engineer on large scale industrial projects including various power stations and factories," he said.
"Mr Brown developed problems with breathing in February and following investigations he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March, and succumbed to the disease at York Hospital on April 5. He leaves a wife Margaret and children Christine and David."
He said Mr Brown’s death was another sad tale of mesothelioma affecting an otherwise normal man.
"At 86, he rightfully thought he had missed this sad scourge which has affected too many people in the York area. I am sorry to say that asbestos disease does not have a “sell by “ date.
"Raymond’s death shows that if you have been exposed to asbestos then you have the risk of diseases like mesothelioma for the rest of your days.”
Mrs Brown said the family had known for many years that Raymond had developed asbestos damage to his lungs.
"We had hoped that he would not be another sad statistic of this awful disease," she said.
"For many years, he suffered with ill health and we wish he had been around to have fought this disease and to have seen justice done.
"We hope other asbestos victims and their families keep an eye out on their health and make sure they get an early diagnosis and get the best treatment that they can “