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Mesothelioma Study: Taconite Link Appears Weak

The long-awaited results of the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study are in but many questions remain about the link between the iron-based mineral taconite and malignant mesothelioma. The five-year study was commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Health and carried out by researchers at the University of Minnesota at a cost of $4.9 million. The goal of the study was to determine why 82 taconite workers have died of mesothelioma, a rare lung-related cancer normally associated with asbestos exposure, since 2010. Preliminary findings of the study, which focused on the 50,000 current and former taconite workers born since 1920, have been released every couple of years since the study began. But last week was the first time that iron workers and … Continue reading Mesothelioma Study: Taconite Link Appears Weak »

Mesothelioma Deaths Still a Mystery among Minnesota Miners

More bad news for taconite workers along Minnesota’s Canadian border:  The number of taconite workers who have died of mesothelioma has risen from 63 to 82 since last year.  The increase is further evidence that, for reasons which are still unclear, these miners may be at higher risk for mesothelioma than the general population. The figures are the latest from an ongoing study on the health effects of the mineral taconite, a form of iron-ore which has been mined in the region since the 1950’s.  The $4.9 million dollar Taconite Workers Health Study began in 2008 after a number of taconite workers contracted lung cancer and mesothelioma, the asbestos caused cancer. Three years into the five-year study, the link between taconite mining … Continue reading Mesothelioma Deaths Still a Mystery among Minnesota Miners »