A review of the role pesticides play in some cancers: Children, farmers and pesticide users at risk? (2010)
This report highlights that some research studies indicate that pesticide exposure either prior to conception, during pregnancy or during childhood appears to increase the risk of childhood cancer, with maternal pesticide exposure during pregnancy being most consistently associated with childhood cancer.
Furthermore, the report notes that several studies indicate that farmers are at greater risk of developing certain cancers than the general population. In particular, several studies strongly suggest that pesticide exposures are associated with some cases of non Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), leukaemia, prostate cancer and other hormone related cancers.
The report also highlights that certain cancers have increased dramatically in recent decades, showing that environmental factors must be partly to blame with pesticide exposures suspected to play a role in some cases.
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