Update on Minnesota mesothelioma study set for tonight

18 Dec 2008 by under Events, News, Research/Treatment

Researchers who have begun a five-year, $4.9 million study into an alarming number of mesothelioma cases in Minnesota will present a progress report tonight at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The study, which is operating under the direction of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, focuses in particular on Iron Range miners. The Minnesota legislature approved funds for the research project in April.

The study is the result of concern about a high rate of mesothelioma among Iron Range workers, with 59 identified cases to date. According to a report in the Duluth News Tribune, initial data indicates 17 miners who developed mesothelioma between 1988 and 1996. Then, in 2007, it was revealed that the Minnesota Department of Health had additional information about 35 more cases of mesothelioma among the mine workers.

Mesothelioma is thought to be caused exclusively by exposure to , but the Minnesota study is examining the possibility of a link between exposure to the dust released in the Iron Range mines, and mesothelioma. According to the News Tribune, researchers are conducting health screenings for miners and their spouses. They hope to screen about 2,000 people within six to nine months.

Tonight’s program will share initial findings and inform the public about the progress of health screenings, and opportunities for involvement in the screenings. It also will feature a presentation about the geological aspects of the Iron Range mine area.

If you’d like to attend, the meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, at 8586 Enterprise Drive. The presentation should last about an hour.

One Response to “Update on Minnesota mesothelioma study set for tonight”

  1. Mike Crill

    For those who would like a better explanation to how this cancer comes to be,remember that asbestos IS the cause of Meso and all the other related asbestos diseases.The human body has a army of soldiers who sole job is to attack any and all objects that come into the body.These soldors are farce and do a pretty good job of fighting off all things we inhale/swallow everyday.BUT..One asbestos fiber inhaled into the lungs LEADS to cancer.You also have to understand the latency period.The time of inhaling/swallowing that one asbestos fiber to the time it takes for that one asbestos fiber to begin to show its deadly head.Call it dormant for 10 to 40 years.Then on day you wake up and you are being told you have it.So when this asbestos fiber enters the body/lungs the first thing that happens is that the soldiers attack this unknown object that they are unaware that is indistructable. that is can not be destroyed but the soldors dont know that and so when the first soldor attacks that fiber, it dies tryin and the another soldor comes and takes that soldors place and it dies also.THIS is where the cancer BEGINS and over time more and more soldors die to where by the time it is seem on a xray or cat scan, it is already a cancer and if meso, its too late.