12 January 2009
Man's battle to secure compensation for cancer continues after his death
A man's legal fight to secure compensation after being diagnosed with the terminal cancer mesothelioma is being continued after his death by his family.
John Mason, who died as a result of the condition at the age of 83, said that his life had been "shattered" by the illness, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
The disease, which is caused by previous exposure to asbestos, affects around five times as many men as women, figures cited by Cancer Research UK suggest.
According to Mr Mason's relatives, he may have come into contact with asbestos while operating as a boiler and furnace worker for British Gas in Leeds during the 1950s.
He was also employed by CCL Systems between 1960 and 1990.
Commenting on the case, his nephew Shaun said that it was his dying wish for his family to take up his legal battle.
He added: "[My uncle] wanted someone to take responsibility for his exposure to asbestos and ultimately his death."