‘I got cancer from granddad’s cuddles’

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‘I got cancer from granddad’s cuddles’

  • From: NewsCore
  • September 24, 2010 8:32PM

A BRITISH mother diagnosed with terminal cancer believes it was caused by hugging her asbestos worker granddad as a child.

Debra Edwards, 44, is one of the youngest people in Britain to have mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos.

“Nobody understands why I got it at such an early age. It usually takes between 20 and 40 years to develop,” Ms Edwards, who lives in Honicknowle near Plymouth, southwestern England, told The Plymouth Herald.

Her granddad Jack Duffin, who worked at the nearby Devonport Dockyard, died 10 years ago aged 86 from another disease related to asbestos and smoking.

She said, “When I was young he used to live around the corner in Plymouth and I used to see him almost every day. In those days they used to come home with asbestos on their clothes. I could have caught this by the normal cuddles between a grandfather and his granddaughter.”

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Ms Edwards, who was diagnosed in December 2008, was told by doctors that in a worst-case scenario she would only have nine months to live. She suffers from bouts of breathlessness and the chemotherapy she received caused osteoporosis.

The mother-of-two added she was trying not to think about her condition and was living a day at a time.

Read more at The Plymouth Herald.

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