12 May 2010
Asbestos-related cancer sufferer receives compensation
A man who is suffering from asbestos-related cancer has been successful in his claim for compensation.
Roland Lakin was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July last year, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.
The 70-year-old was exposed to the hazardous substance while working on the construction of power stations in Drakelow and Radcliffe in the 1960s and 70s.
He first became ill in April 2009 and a biopsy confirmed he had the medical condition.
It is just one of a number of diseases associated with the material, with others including pleural plaques and asbestosis.
Four years ago, Mr Lakin cared for his first wife, who died from the same disease.
He remarked: "Having nursed my first wife through mesothelioma I am only too aware of what my future holds."
However, he is trying not to focus on the negative points and to enjoy the little time he has remaining with his family, he went on to state.
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