Local

Findings Mixed In Iron Range Lung Cancer Study

View Comments
(credit: AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Nine Twin Cities Cops Attend Funeral Of Slain New York Officer
  2. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 28, 2014
  3. Cops: Alcohol May Be A Factor In Maple Grove Crash
  4. Wis. Man Keeps Christmas Tree Up For Decades
  5. Cold Spring 15-Year-Old Is World Champion At Racquetball

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota researchers say taconite workers face an increased risk of a rare form of lung cancer, and it’s higher the longer they’re on the job. But they can’t say for certain if dust from the state’s iron mining and processing operations causes it.

The researchers traveled to the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota Friday to announce the findings of their $5 million, five-year study into possible links between taconite dust and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining that has killed 82 taconite workers over the years.

They say they found a “potential link” between exposure to taconite dust and mesothelioma, but the link isn’t certain, so they can’t say with certainty that dust causes it. They say a miner’s risk of developing it remains very small.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,592 other followers