A RETIRED miner died ‘traumatically’ from lung cancer after smoking two cigarettes a day for 50 years, an inquest has heard.
John Bodell, 77, from Swadlincote, also suffered from silicosis caused by breathing in dust, often in mines.
Mrs Bodell said her husband had smoked around two cigarettes a day and added: “He worked in four different collieries in a coal team that went into the stone heads.”
Mrs Bodell also said her husband, who died on May 11, had been fit and active throughout his life.
Consultant pathologist Andrew Hitchcock said a large malignant tumour had been the cause of his death.
He said: “The lungs also showed emphysema and patchy nodular scarring in keeping with silicosis.”
Dr Hitchcock told the inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court the tumour had caused internal bleeding and ultimately led to his death.
He added: “We can’t link the cancer directly to his occupation. Especially as he was a smoker, albeit a light smoker.
“The smoking would be more in keeping with the lung tumour.”
Mrs Bodell described her husband’s death had been ‘traumatic’.
But Dr Hitchcock said Mr Bodell would have lost consciousness quickly due to the amount of blood he lost.
He said: “Towards the end he wouldn’t have been aware of it and wouldn’t have been in actual pain.”
Deputy coroner Louise Pinder said there could be ‘no doubt’ that Mr Bodell’s lungs were damaged as a result of exposure to dust through his work.
She said: “The cause of death is the carcinoma, that tumour that caused very traumatic events that day. He can’t relate that to occupational dust exposure and it is more likely to be due to him being a light, but long-standing, smoker.”
She recorded a conclusion of death by natural causes.