Archive for July, 2009

Carpenter Dies of Cancer Caused by Asbestos

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

A story in today’s Islington Gazette, a British publication, talks about a retired carpenter who died of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. The man, Ronald Humberstone, was 76 years old, and he had worked in building the London Metropolitan University in the 1960s. This work caused him to endure prolonged exposure to asbestos.

Humberstone passed away in May — Mesothelioma developed in his chest three years earlier, resulting in his painful fight against the rare form of cancer.

Mesothelioma attacks the lining of various organs and body areas. There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma, and it is sometimes called “asbestos cancer” due to asbestos exposure being the overwhelming cause of it in the U.S.

A coroner quoted in the article notes that because Humberstone was a carpenter, he may have been there when fiber sheets were removed. Asbestos fibers, once disturbed, can become airborne and can then be inhaled into the lungs or stomach. Once they’re inhaled, the body isn’t able to break them down.

A relative close to him remarked that Humberstone was strong and really fought Mesothelioma. He is remembered fondly by friends and family who decribe him as a sports and sci-fi fan, good with children, and someone who will never be forgotten.

More About Mesothelioma

This Mesothelioma victim had worked in the construction industry, one of several industries affected by asbestos exposure. Additionally, workers in the ship building and general industries can be at risk for Mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure while on the job.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of Mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. To find out more about asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma, please call 1-888-370-0121.