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'Cancer hug' woman joins campaign
Debbie Brewer at dockyard
Mrs Brewer's father was a dockyard lagger when she was a child
A Devon woman who developed a lung cancer from contact with her dockyard worker father is calling for more research into the disease.

Debbie Brewer, who has mesolthelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung, is supporting an action day raising awareness about the condition.

The British Lung Foundation said the cancer developed between 15 and 60 years after exposure to asbestos.

It added that 40% of South West people did not know asbestos caused cancer.

Dormant symptoms

Last week, the Ministry of Defence agreed to compensate 47-year-old Mrs Brewer, from Plymouth, because she developed the disease from hugging her father, Philip Northmore, an asbestos lagger at Devonport Dockyard, when she was a child.

Mr Northmore, died of asbestos-related lung cancer last year, aged 68.

Mrs Brewer said she wanted more research into the disease to give future sufferers hope of treatment.

BBC South West Health Correspondent Sally Mountjoy said: "An epidemic of the cancer is forecast as people exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s develop symptoms dormant for up to 40 years.

"The British Lung Foundation has organised the Action Mesothelioma Day to raise awareness of the disease."

The British Lung Foundation said mesothelioma was one of the more difficult diseases that people, their doctors, friends and families had to face because it was complicated to diagnose and treat it.

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