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Iron Range death toll from rare lung cancer rises


DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- The number of Iron Rangers known to have died from a rare form of lung cancer has risen to 82, up from the 63 reported by state health officials last year.

Health officials say they found the additional cases of mesothelioma by checking death records in other states for former Iron Range residents who moved out of Minnesota. The Duluth News Tribune reports the numbers came Monday from a University of Minnesota team leading the long-term Taconite Workers Health Study.

Dr. Jeffrey Mandel with the university's School of Public Health says a "back-of-the-envelope" analysis shows the mesothelioma rate is considerably higher than it should be but more study is needed.

Mesothelioma is a rare but almost always fatal lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.

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