According to a recent article published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there has been a spike in mesothelioma-related deaths in the Iron Range. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer specifically attributed to exposure to asbestos. This year, the Pioneer Press reports, the death toll increased to 82, up from 63 reported last year. The study, funded by the University of Minnesota, was focused on taconite workers.
According to Dr. Mandel, one of the study’s principal researchers, these numbers are much higher than they should be, though follow-up analysis is still in the process of being conducted. Because mesothelioma can take decades to develop, it can often be difficult to locate the source of asbestos exposure. What the researchers do know is that 1,681 of approximately 46,000 workers studies have developed some sort of lung cancer.
Fortunately, it does look as though the taconite industry has made improvements, and University of Minnesota researchers made no recommendations as to any changes that needed to be implemented.
If you would like additional information on mesothelioma in general, please refer to one of the many reputable mesothelioma research centers. The National Cancer Institute has a great deal of helpful information.
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