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Australian mountain climber dies of mesothelioma

March 29th, 2012

Lincoln Hall, a famed Australian mountain climber who was left for dead on top of Mount Everest but survived and later returned, has died of mesothelioma at age 56. Hall received the mesothelioma diagnosis in 2011, more than 40 years after he was first exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a fatal form of cancer that can take decades to develop and attacks vital areas such as the lungs and abdominal cavity. The disease is linked exclusively to exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic building material that was widely used from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Hall’s asbestos exposure was traced back to his childhood in 1966, when he helped his father build on their family property using materials that contained asbestos. Hall and his family filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against the manufacturers of the materials in Australia before his passing.

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