Research Examines Unique Features in Mesothelioma Caused by Erionite, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new analysis of mesothelioma cases caused by erionite suggests that this mineral could be even more deadly than asbestos.

Is Mesothelioma Different When Caused by Erionite?

Erionite-Induced Mesothelioma Study

Erionite has a higher degree of carcinogenicity with possible genetic transmission of erionite susceptibility...

Mesothelioma education site Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the details of a newly-published study on erionite and mesothelioma. Click here to learn how cancer caused by this mineral may be different from that caused by asbestos.

A team of scientists from Turkey, Ohio and Florida analyzed 33 studies on mesothelioma caused by the asbestos-like mineral erionite. The studies included more than 31,000 mesothelioma patients.

Study author Elamin Elamin, MD, of the University of South Florida’s Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Department writes, “Erionite has a higher degree of carcinogenicity with possible genetic transmission of erionite susceptibility in an autosomal dominant fashion.”

The study, published in Yonsei Medical Journal, also finds that erionite-induced mesothelioma does not always require heavy exposure. Some cases were caused by only a small amount of erionite.

“Although asbestos remains the top cause of mesothelioma worldwide, the evidence is mounting that we need to be wary of erionite, too,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Especially since this mineral has been found in gravel dust in the U.S. Right now, it’s really not on most people's radar as a carcinogen.”

For the details of the meta-analysis on erionite and mesothelioma, including differences in the way erionite-induced mesothelioma may be diagnosed and treated, see Erionite-Induced Malignant Mesothelioma: Is it Different? now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Demirer, E, “”Clinical and Prognostic Features of Erionite-Induced Malignant Mesothelioma”, March 1, 2015, Yonsei Medical Journal, pp. 311-323,

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