• Apr 15, 2009
According to the Associated Press, certain gravel roads in western North Dakota use erionite, a mineral that is mined in the Killdeer mountains. Erionite forms wool-like fribrous masses among rock formations and has properties similar to asbestos. Scientists suspect that, like asbestos, erionite collects in the lungs in those fibrous masses, a factor that could lead to lung cancer in people who have long-term exposure to it.
North Dakota health officials are looking for 50 volunteers to submit to chest X-rays and CT scans in order to find out if there is a cancer risk, but so far they can't secure enough volunteers. The AP report quotes one resident as saying: "Maybe we'd rather not know we have cancer." A state representative, on the other hand, said she grew up playing in a gravel pit and thinks the risk is being overstated. Volunteers who do sign up will be paid $100 for their time.

[Source: The Associated Press via WSBTV | Photo: Pastor Rick]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cabin air filters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any chance the gravel the Oregon Dept of Transmutation spreads all over the roads when it snows can cause cancer?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like more product liability lawyers with way too much time on their hands.

      "Who can we bankrupt next?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am in ND... but I do not have long term exposure to gravel roads. yay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pffff... What doesn't cause cancer these days?
      • 5 Years Ago
      #Shawn it is North not South Dakota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are correct. I need to have my eyes checked. My bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Distinction without a difference
      • 5 Years Ago
      Attention all lawyers, begin filing lawsuits immediately! Start by suing the SD state government for every single gravel road in that state.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So avoid that road.
      Its dangerous.
      Good Luck
      Tony
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Fact: anything can be linked to cancer
      • 5 Years Ago
      "North Dakota health officials are looking for 50 volunteers to submit to chest X-rays and CT scans in order to find out if there is a cancer risk, but so far they can't secure enough volunteers."

      Because there aren't 50 people in ND. Amirite?

      . . .


      *boos*
        • 5 Years Ago
        Population density in parts of western North Dakota is less than one person per square mile. Overall, it's only 9.3/sq. mi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wanna class-action sue all scientists. These hypochondriac worrywort scientists are causing brain hemorrhages for the rest of us who think normally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. This is America...sue them too! Somebody's bound to pay up eventually.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doh! That was supposed to be a reply under Avinash machado's post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure. America is indeed a sue happy society.
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