The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency remembers long-time mesothelioma warrior and campaigner, Lou Williams who died battling mesothelioma.
Lou was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003 at the age of 48 and since then, she went through rounds of treatment.
“She was a strong fighter for those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and their families, a voice for the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia, Australian National Director for the Global Ban Asbestos Network and also worked with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in the United States,” the agency said in a statement.
“Lou was deeply involved with the agency from day one, participating wherever she could and attending our conferences in Melbourne in 2014 and Brisbane 2015 – unfortunately her health didn’t allow her to travel to Adelaide in 2016, sending a video of support instead.
“Our condolences go to her husband Keith and her family.”
Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world due to the high rate of asbestos use in the country for many years. In 2013, there were 656 deaths caused by mesothelioma in Australia (Source: Better Health Victoria).
Experts believe that the number of people being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses will not peak until 2020. Since 1980, there have been around 13,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in Australia.
It is estimated that more than 25,000 Australians will die from asbestos-related diseases in the next 40 years.