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  Secondary exposure to asbestos 02 November 2004  
Microscopic thin section showing lung tissue with asbestosis, mesothelioma
Exposure to asbestos in the workplace has been recognised as a danger since 1955

But there has also been a steady stream of cases that show risk also extended to the home.

Wives who washed their husband's dusty overalls and children who helped are being diagnosed with the asbestos linked mesothelioma, a cancerous tumour that attacks the lung lining.

We hear from Jean Gibbs who has mesothelioma and Jenni is joined byJenni Liz Darlison, who runs the National Mesothelioma Information Centre and solicitor Anthony Coombes to discuss secondary exposure to asbestos - which, up to 60 years later, can turn out to be lethal.

For more information call the BBC Actionline 0800 044 044

 The National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre: freephone 0800 169 2409

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