State Health Officials to Give More Information on the Incidence of Mesothelioma Among Iron Range Miners
December 7, 2007--The Minnesota Department of Health has new details on the disproportionate incidence of Iron Range miners who are struck by mesothelioma, reported the Star Tribune.
To date, 58 workers have developed mesothelioma. These miners were struck with the disease after working in one of seven mining companies. According to the Tribune, most of the cases are among those employed by U.S. Steel and Pickands Mather.
A report published analyzes the cases of 58 miners who came down with mesothelioma. It shows the asbestos disease affected mine industry workers who were on the job for less than a month to more than 30 years.
The incidence of the asbestos cancer in northeastern Minnesota is disproportionately higher than it is elsewhere in the state.
The Health Department says it is committed to shoring up funding for further scientific investigation that will help determine how exactly the workers developed the deadly mesothelioma cancer.
Weitz & Luxenberg represents numerous individuals who have serious injuries related to asbestos, including mesothelioma (a malignant tumor of the covering of the lung or the lining of the pleural and abdominal cavities), lung cancer and asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment).
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