More mesothelioma deaths found

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More mesothelioma deaths found

The number of Iron Rangers who died of mesothelioma has reached 82, up from 63 when last reported by state health officials in 2010.

By: John Myers , Duluth News Tribune

Published October 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

    image Smoke rises out of the stacks at United Taconite in Forbes. A study is under way that delves into health problems of people who worked in the taconite industry. (2007 file / News Tribune)

The number of Iron Rangers who died of mesothelioma has reached 82, up from 63 when last reported by state health officials in 2010.

Health officials say they found the additional cases by checking death records in other states for former Iron Range residents who moved out of Minnesota.

That was the report Monday from the University of Minnesota team that is heading the long-term Taconite Workers Health Study. The study, which started in 2008, could be completed as early as mid-2012.

Dr. Jeffrey Mandel, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and lead researcher in the Iron Range study, said a “back-of-the-envelope” analysis shows the mesothelioma rate is considerably higher than it should be.

“But we are still doing the analysis to find out how much so,” Mandel said in a telephone news conference.

It also remains unclear where the exposure to asbestos occurred.

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