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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMinn study on taconite mines and cancer revealed

  • In the most recent update, researchers revealed that the study confirmed a 300 percent higher rate of mesothelioma on the Iron Range than the general population in Minnesota.
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  • University of Minnesota researchers will travel to the Iron Range to share their findings of a lengthy study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and a rare cancer that has taken the lives of 82 miners in recent years.
    The nearly $5 million study, which began five years ago, has focused on whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more susceptible to mesothelioma (meh-soh-thee-lee-OH'-muh) and other respiratory diseases.
    Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. In the most recent update, researchers revealed that the study confirmed a 300 percent higher rate of mesothelioma on the Iron Range than the general population in Minnesota.
    The meeting Friday is at the community center in Mountain Iron.

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