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4 comments to “Federal Officials Issue Alert on Cancer-Causing Erionite”

  1. carolm

    we grew up playing and eating rocks that have erionite if the pics I see on the internet are true erionite pics,are we at risk for peritoneal mesothelioma?

  2. OldBoldFool

    “Genetically predisposed family members born and raised outside the malignant mesothelioma villages did not seem to develop malignant mesothelioma”

    Is the quote I found in a search of the Journals.

    http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/10/5063.full.pdf

    Please provide the link for your quote, Shonkin.

    Yes, you can say one can have a predisposition to mesothelioma. But I find no study that states exposure is NOT required. Also, unless you want to pay for the funding to test and relocate everyone in the western states in question–we should just take the cheaper route of not using materials that contain carcinogenics. As for the test sites? Different type of cancer.

  3. Shonkin

    There is a very large genetic component to this story. In Cappadocia (central Turkey), where the cases of erionite-linked mesothelioma were first noticed, there were entire families whose members developed mesothelioma if they did not die of something else first (e..g., accidents, infectuous disease, heart disease, etc.). There were other families literally next door to them, with the same erionite exposure, none of whose members developed mesothelioma. If someone from a mesothelioma-prone family married someone from a non-mesothelioma family, their children were prone to develop mesothelioma, i.e., it is a dominant gene. Furthermore, the mesothelioma cases were limited to three villages, although the neighboring mesothelioma-free villages had similar levels of erionite in their environments, their building materials, and the plaster and stucco used on their houses.
    It should be pointed out that people in areas like Cappadocia did not move around very much until recently. It was reported that some people from the stricken villages moved to western Europe as guest workers during the mid-Twentieth Century. They had children, who lived from birth in Germany and Sweden and who never had exposure to erionite. As they reached middle age, some of these European-born Cappadocians developed mesothelioma.
    The upshot is that erionite may or not be as dangerous as asbestos to the population at large. More investigation is needed.

  4. Cindy Jo Jeffries

    Could this be caused from the Testing sites in Nevada and New Mexico ?

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