A young woman who has died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma in the UK has become one of the youngest victims of this disease. Leigh Carlisle was just twenty eight years old when she lost her fight against the deadly cancer just a couple of weeks ago, leaving many confused as to how and when she was exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma develops as a result of exposure to asbestos dust and fibers at high levels of over long periods, and the disease usually taken twenty to forty years to develop from the time of exposure. Many are now questioning the safety of the schools and building in which Leigh was taught as a child, as this seems the most likely place that she was exposed.

Before her death Leigh said: “I used to take a short cut across a yard in Failsworth on my way to primary school. I know that men working there cut asbestos sheets and handled asbestos materials in the yard, but I had no idea that by walking through the yard I could have inadvertently got cancer.”

Her boyfriend stated: “Leigh had so much courage and strength – she was an inspiration to me and to others. Instead of flowers at her funeral, she said she wanted donations to the Oldham Cancer Support centre in Failsworth. Leigh would have liked to think that she helped the cancer centre to support other people.”

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