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Friday, 7 July 2017

How a mum's childhood hugs with her dad may have caused cancer that killed her decades later

A woman may have died from cancer as a result of childhood hugs with her father who worked with asbestos. In September 2015, Susan Macgregor was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. The fitness enthusiast and keen walker died 14 months later at the age of 58.

Mrs Macgregor, from Willington, Connecticut in the US first noticed something was wrong when she had difficulty catching her breath after exercising.


She went to the hospital where x-rays and other scans revealed that she had an incurable form of cancer that kills almost 70% of people within a year. She underwent six courses of chemotherapy and an operation to remove part of the affected area of her chest but eventually died.

Her heartbroken husband, Dave, has spoken of his devastation at having his wife "snatched early". He said his late wife was very fit and they could not understand what caused her cancer until the coroner informed them that her cancer was most likely caused by her being in contact with asbestos, probably through contact with her dad.


Mr Macgregor, 66, told the Derby Telegraph: "The children are absolutely devastated, they've lost their mother, they've lost a friend, the grandchildren have lost their nana and I've lost my wife. It's absolutely gutting and nobody can understand why she got it - she was probably the fittest one of us all. It was really hard losing her and, after a lot of digging into her work background, we couldn't come up with any answers to that.


"But, following the inquest, the coroner came up with the most likely cause of her being in contact with asbestos was probably through her dad's overalls. He was a pipe fitter and used to come home at night in his work clothes and play with her and cuddle her and we think that's how she came into contact with asbestos. It only needs one little particle to settle in the right place and 40 to 50 years later you get diagnosed with this awful disease."

Mr Macgregor said he was angry and felt let down by the Government for allowing asbestos to be used in the construction of buildings. But he said his lawyers were unable to trace the asbestos exposure back to any particular business so he cannot claim compensation.

He added: "Money doesn't bring my wife back. "I feel like she has been snatched away from me and I would like to hold somebody accountable, but I can't."

Mr Macgregor spoke out ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday – a national campaign which aims to raise awareness of asbestos exposure

2 Comments:

  • At 7 July 2017 at 11:06 , Anonymous Jack said...

    i never knew asbestos is as bad as this. how can exposure when she was a girl remain in her system till 40 - 50 years later it came back to get her in form of

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    cancer. na wa o. there are are just too many things to watch out for in life so that you don't get yourself hurt or encounter serious ailment.

     
  • At 7 July 2017 at 15:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    BUT DID THE DAD DIE OF CANCER

     

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