Asbestos on shirt woman dies of cancer

A 44-year-old woman has lost her battle against a cancer she believed was caused by asbestos dust on her grandfather’s work clothes. Mother-of-two Debra Stevenson, of Plymouth, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2008. She died on 5 December this year. She believed she could have contracted the lung cancer from contact with her grandfather Jack Duffin, when she was a child. He died aged 86 about 10 years ago from a different disease which was related to asbestos and smoking. Her illness could also have been caused by dislodging asbestos while decorating, she had said. Her husband Paul Stevenson, 41, said: ‘Debra was a loving wife and mother. She knew this was going to happen and she was very strong right until the end.’ Plymouth has been highlighted as the UK’s third worst hotspot for mesothelioma, with about 35 to 40 cases appearing each year. High rates of the disease are found in areas with a history of dockwork all around the country.