Iron Range Mesothelioma Health Screenings Underway
University of Minnesota researchers are satisfied with the number of Iron Range workers and family members participating in their study. Researchers are trying to determine why 58 Iron Range mine workers died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no known asbestos in the taconite mine.
The University sent over 500 letters requesting participation in which the participants will have a health screening including chest x-rays, blood tests and other health exams to assess whether they are at risk for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. To date they have tested close to 200 with more scheduled.
Researchers hope to test the respiratory health of close to 1,000 miners or their spouses within the next year.
For additional information, or to participate in the study, call the University of Minnesota at (888) 840-7590.