Erionite is a microscopic, naturally occurring, fibrous mineral in the zeolite family. Erionite fibers act in a similar way to asbestos fibers when inhaled. The fibers can become lodged in various organs of the body such as the linings of the lungs, abdomen, and heart resulting in increased risks of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops on the protective linings of various body cavities. This type of cancer is observed after exposure to asbestos. Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma.
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