TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)
Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)
Pesticides and Cancer
by Gwen Petreman
convincing evidence that pesticides are carcinogens comes from epidemiological
studies. Farmers who frequently use 2,4-D have a
six-fold increase in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Scientists believe that the use of lawn chemicals such as 2,4-D has been a significant factor in the 50% rise in
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma over the past 20 years in the American population.
(World health Organization. 2,4-D Environmental Aspects.
have been classified by the EPA as "probable" cancer causing
chemicals in humans, as they have been found to cause cancer in animals. Mancozeb has also
been found to react with sunlight to form a new compound the EPA categorizes as
a "known" human carcinogen.
The common lawn pesticide 2,4-D has been shown
to increase the risk of lymphatic cancer in farmers six times the normal rate,
according to a National Cancer Institute report. (Sinclair,
W. 18 Studies Show Why Pesticides Are More
Dangerous than Previously Realized.
in the late 1970s there have been reports linking pesticides to leukemia in children. A 1987 study by
the National Cancer Institute showed that children living in pesticide-treated
homes had nearly a 4 times greater risk of developing leukemia (cancer of the
blood). If the children lived in homes
where pesticide was sprayed on lawns and gardens, the risk of developing
leukemia was 6.5 times greater. All the
children in the study were 10 years of age or younger. (Dr.
John Peters, University of Southern California, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, July 1987.) Cancer rates in the
One easy way that you can help reduce your chances of getting cancer is to reduce the toxic load in the environment by reducing your reliance on pesticides inside and outside your home. Also, support local initiatives to get a pesticide bylaw enacted in your community as quickly as possible.
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