11 Nov '11, 2pm

Research links pesticides, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. — Environmental Health News

Elevated levels of organochlorine pesticides years before the cancer develops increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a form of lymph cancer – later in life, report cancer researchers in Denmark. Their results are published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study is the first to show the association based on pesticide levels in fat tissues prior to the diagnosis of cancer. The study specifically tied the increased risk to three chemicals no longer used in the United States but still found in people and the environment – DDT, cis-nonachlor and oxychlordane. Because the samples were collected years before cancer diagnosis, the results are more informative than other types of studies in forecasting an increased probability of disease. This type of study, which epidemiologists call a 'prospective' study, is especially useful in linking exposure to di...

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