It has been reported that workers and former workers from the taconite mines in the state of Minnesota have been sent letters by researchers from the University of Minnesota in relation to a study that is being carried out into the effects of working in the mines.

The researchers are conducting a study into the relationship between working in the mines and mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer that is usually linked to exposure to asbestos. The study aims to focus on workers that live in the Iron Range region of the state, where there is a higher than average number of cases of this disease.

Many people from the area have died from this cancer, and the higher than average death rate has sparked the research. Officials are now looking for the workers in these areas to take part in a study so that the effects of working in the mines in relation to the cancer can be studied.

One official from the University of Minnesota spoke about the research, stating: “This is an historic opportunity to get to the bottom of an issue that’s been lingering for decades. There’s a lot of community awareness, but now we’re getting into the nuts and bolts.”

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