Yorkshire Cancer Victim’s Call for Witnesses14 October 2008
Exposed to Chemicals at Work
A West Yorkshire cancer survivor is urging his former work colleagues to come forward to provide information about his exposure to chemicals at work.
Michael Savage, 65, from Halifax was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2005.
Michael, who is now in remission, has been advised he faces a 90% chance of the cancer recurring.
Certain chemicals are known or suspected to cause bladder cancer many years following the initial exposure.
Michael is now calling for his former work mates to come forward to help his legal representatives, Thompsons Solicitors, piece together information about his working conditions in the chemical industry.
Did you work for ICI in Huddersfield during the 1970's?
Michael was employed as a maintenance fitter by ICI, at the Leeds Road, Huddersfield site from 1972 to 1977.
He worked repairing and servicing equipment and was based in a building known as 824 Beta Nap.
Michael, who has one daughter, said: “I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer I have always been fit and healthy so the diagnosis came as a terrible shock. Although I am now in remission I have been told that the cancer could come back again and that is a big weight on my mind.
“I am lucky that the cancer was caught when it was but I have no idea what the future holds for me.”
Client representative at Thompsons Solicitors Marion Voss added: “Exposure to certain chemicals can increase the risk of bladder cancer. Fortunately Mr Savage’s condition is now in remission. However, it’s important that we trace his former workmates so we can build up an accurate description of his working environment.”
Anyone who worked with Mr Savage at ICI Huddersfield during the 1970s or who was employed in the 824 Beta Nap building should contact Marion Voss on 08000 224 224.
This news story was also published by The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
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