09/15/2010 // Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Minnesota Mesothelioma Report
Following a remarkably high number of mesothelioma reports in northeastern Minnesota, the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health launched a study aimed at identifying relationship between taconite mining and diseases cased by exposure to asbestos.
Two of the biggest and serious illnesses attributed to asbestos including asbestosis and mesothelioma, an aggressive and inoperable form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.
During the month of September, the study will gather information from Minnesota’s Iron Range area to Silver Bay, a region that is predominately known for its taconite pellet processing and shipping facility in operation for over half a century.
The study is taking a detailed look at the respiratory health of both current and former taconite industry workers and their families in order to determine the risk of mesothelioma and other respiratory disorders.
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