Woman dies from secondary asbestos exposure

9 Jul 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Woman dies from secondary asbestos exposureVivienne Swain never worked in an environment contaminated with asbestos, so when she was diagnosed in August 2015 with , a rare but deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, she was stunned.

“She said those immortal words ‘incurable’ and I remember a sense of cold going right through my body,” she said about the day she was diagnosed.

Vivienne learned she was a victim of secondary asbestos exposure. For years, her husband worked in construction where he came in contact with asbestos fibers, and Vivienne would dutifully launder his dusty clothes alongside hers. She had no idea the danger she was putting herself in. But carries the same risks as primary asbestos exposure, including the incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a type of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs.

Vivienne was diagnosed with mesothelioma shortly after her husband passed away from cancer. “I didn’t cry and was in a way relieved that I now knew what was wrong with me. I knew I had terminal cancer and wanted to know ‘how long I had,’” she said. Doctors gave her three years, but she insisted she would beat the odds, arguing she had too much living to do and grandchildren to see. In her spare time, she became an advocate for mesothelioma victims, often speaking at Action Mesothelioma Day about the dangers of asbestos, and secondary asbestos exposure.

Vivienne died two years and 10 months after she was diagnosed. It can take up to 50 years for the disease to manifest. For most, the disease proves deadly within 12 to 24 months after diagnosis.

Beasley Allen

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