Help call for fe­male as­bestos vic­tims

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Scot­land’s for­got­ten as­bestos vic­tims say more must be done to help women who were ex­posed to the deadly sub­stance.

C amp a i g ne r s say at­ten­tion usu­ally fo­cuses on male vic­tims who worked in heavy in­dus­tries such as ship­build­ing.

But in­creas­ing num­bers of women are com­ing for­ward with fa­tal lung con­di­tion mesothe­lioma af ter be­ing ex­posed to as­bestos at work.

C a mpa i g n group Cly­de­side Act ion on As­bestos will hold a spe­cial event on Satur­day to bring to­gether those af­fected.

Jane Ca­paldi , 64, of Ki lbi r n ie , Ay r s h i re , wa s d ia gnosed wi th mesothe­lioma in June 2015 af­ter go­ing to see her doc­tor about a per­sis­tent cough.

The gran of three said: “I’d worked in the old Coats fac­tory in Pais­ley in the of­fices and we’d of­ten pass through the fac­tory area.

“You’d see open pipes and sur­faces cov­ered in dust. No one knew the risks. The di­ag­no­sis is dev­as­tat­ing.”

CAA’s se­nior wel­fare of­fi­cer Phyl­lis Craig said: “We’re find­ing in­creas­ing num­bers of women who worked in the off ices of fac­to­ries or schools or hos­pi­tals rid­dled with as­bestos are af­fected.”


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