Help call for female asbestos victims
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.”