Malignant mesothelioma incidence among talc miners and millers in New York State

There is controversy about the potential for dust from the talc mines and mills of New York State to cause mesothelioma

Murray M. Finkelstein

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • There is controversy about the potential for dust from the talc mines and mills of New York State to cause mesothelioma
  • Honda et al published a study of mortality among New York talc workers and concluded that it was unlikely that the two deaths from mesothelioma were caused by talc ore dust
  • Fibers of tremolite and anthophyllite have been found in the lungs of talc workers and Hull concluded that “New York talc exposure is associated with mesothelioma, and deserves further public health attention.”
  • Data concerning additional cases of mesothelioma in the cohort have been posted by NIOSH
  • I used information from the NIOSH website and the Honda report to analyze the incidence of mesothelioma during the years 1990–2007
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