U of M Study Confirms Link between Taconite and Mesothelioma

By KBJR News 1

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After five years of study, researchers at the University of Minnesota have confirmed a link between the time spent working in taconite mines and an increased risk of mesothelioma.

The findings were presented at a meeting in Mountain Iron on Friday.

Researchers announced that for every year worked in the mines, a person's risk of getting mesothelioma went up by three percent.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer found in the lining of the lungs. It is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos particles in the air.

However, researchers said that they are not certain that the particles in the dust at the taconite mines is linked to the mesothelioma rates among miners.

Written by Jennifer Austin