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Study: Mesothelioma may be caused by erionite exposure in road dust

A new study done at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center shows that erionite that shows up in road dust may lead to the development of mesothelioma.

In the study, mice were injected with erionite that was found on the roadways in North Dakota and the mice later were found to be inflamed and have abnormal cell growth, both of which are early signs of mesothelioma. This same research team previously linked to exposure erionite and road dust in certain Turkish villages.

Most mesothelioma that occurs is from exposure to asbestos and symptoms include chest wall pain, fatigue, wheezing, unexplained weight loss, and shortness of breath. This new research shows that asbestos may not be the only cause for mesothelioma.

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