New Research Links Soil Mineral with Mesothelioma Deaths in Mexican Village, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new study finds a higher-than-expected mesothelioma death rate in a Mexican Village may be linked to the mineral erionite.

Soil Mineral May Cause Mesothelioma

Erionite Linked to Mesothelioma

Erionite fibres...can easily become airborne and be carried into streets and recreational areas near schools and homes.

Researchers in Mexico say villagers there may be facing the same elevated risk of mesothelioma as people in certain parts of Turkey, and for the same reason. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

Scientists at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico say men in the village of Tierra Blanca, where the mineral erionite is prevalent, have a mesothelioma rate of 2.48 – compared to a rate of about 1.75 among men in the U.S.

“Erionite fibres were found in exposed rocks and soils, which can easily become airborne and be carried into streets and recreational areas near schools and homes,” writes lead author Dr. M. Adrian Ortega-Guerrero.

The study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine indicated that, although asbestos, the primary cause of most mesothelioma, was also found in the village, it was only in trace amounts.

“This study reminds us that we cannot take it for granted that asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Especially for people in the Western U.S., erionite may pose a real and increasing health threat.”

To learn more about this study and the mineral the CDC called “an emerging North American hazard”, see Soil Mineral Linked to Mesothelioma Deaths in Mexico, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Ortega-Guerrero, MA et al, “High incidence of lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma linked to erionite fibre exposure in a rural community in Central Mexico”, September 17, 2014, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epub ahead of print,

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