An October 30, 2012 article, “Two more die from “dreadful” mesothelioma”, published by a newspaper in the United Kingdom (UK) serves to show how asbestos-mesothelioma cases can be very similar yet very different in their sets of relevant facts.
Keith Ison, 62, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2012 and died on July 6, just three months after his diagnosis. An autopsy found a tumor encasing his right lung and tiny fibers of asbestos were found in the lung. Mr. Ison had told doctors he was exposed to asbestos when working as a builder for a company between 1971 and 1973.
Dennis Grimsey, 81, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2012 and died about three months, on July 8. An autopsy revealed his left lung was encased in a tumor and asbestos fibers were found in the lung. However, in this instance, Mr. Grimsey had not been aware he had been exposed to asbestos, although he said he had worked briefly in the construction industry many years earlier.
The similarities for these two asbestos-mesothelioma death cases are:
- relative brief period of asbestos exposure;
- the asbestos exposure was many years before the mesothelioma diagnosis; and,
- death within a few months after the mesothelioma was diagnosed.
The differences are:
- the age at death: 62 years old vs. 81 years old; and,
- one individual recalled working with or around asbestos-containing products, while the other was unaware of when or where he had been exposed to asbestos.
Even though these mesothelioma case reports come out of the UK, they are instructive as to how asbestos causes mesothelioma in people many years after their asbestos exposure, whether they knew how they were exposed to asbestos or not.
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