45 Different Cancers Associated with Work-Related Pesticide Exposure

November 4, 2021 | A scientific literature analysis by the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, finds occupational (work-related) exposure to agricultural pesticides increases the risk for 45 different types of cancer. This analysis, published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, assesses studies from the last decade to identify cancer risk associated with occupational exposure […]

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Women in Agricultural Work at Increased Risk for Skin and Blood Cancers from Pesticide Exposure

October 21, 2021 | A study published in Environment International finds higher rates of various cancers among agricultural workers, with multiple myeloma (blood cancer) and melanoma (skin cancer) disproportionately affecting female farmers. Although research studies link cancer risk to genetic and external factors (e.g., cigarette smoke), there is increasing evidence that pesticide exposure augments the […]

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Study Adds to 40-Year Analysis Linking Brain Cancer to Pesticide Exposure

September 23, 2021 | A study by Claremont Graduate University finds expo- sure to agricultural pesticides increases brain cancer risk up to 20 percent. This study, published in Cancers, expands on a 1998 study evaluating brain cancer risk among the farm population using epidemiologic studies. The study researchers note, “This comprehensive review and meta-analysis encompassing […]

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Endocrine (Hormone) Disrupting Chemicals, including Pesticides, Also Affect the Nervous System

September 9, 2021 | A study published in Toxicology Reports finds the same chemicals that disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system also disrupt the nervous system. Endocrine disruptors are xenobiotics (i.e., chemical substances like toxic pesticides foreign to an organism or ecosystem) present in nearly all organisms and ecosystems. The World Health Organization (WHO), European Union […]

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In Utero and Childhood Pesticide Exposure Increases Childhood Cancer Risk

September 1, 2021 | A study published in Environmental Pollution finds the risk of acute childhood leukemia (AL) increases with prenatal and newborn exposure to pesticides (i.e., insecticides and herbicides). The study results support the hypothesis that chronic environmental pesticide exposure increases childhood leukemia risk up to two times. Maternal exposure has a stronger association […]

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296 Chemicals in Consumer Products Increase Breast Cancer Risk through Hormone (Endocrine) Disruption

July 28, 2021 | Research published in Environmental Health Perspectives finds nearly 300 different chemicals, in pesticides, consumer products, and contaminated resources (e.g., food, water) increase breast cancer risks. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, causing the second most cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Genetic factors only play a minor role in […]

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Exposure to Certain Pesticides Increase the Risk of Thyroid Cancer

May 27, 2021 | Research by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), published in Environment International, finds exposure to lindane and metalaxyl pesticides heightens thyroid cancer risk. Both incidents of nonaggressive thyroid tumors and advanced-stage thyroid cancer are on the rise. However, researchers speculate that environmental pollutants, such as pesticides, may contribute to this […]

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New Commercial Pesticide Toxicity Analysis Highlights Need to Shift to Organic Products

May 20, 2021 | Beyond Pesticides and Friends of the Earth (FOE) collaborated to analyze herbicide products at two of the most popular home and garden retailers, Home Depot and Lowe’s. This Commercial Herbicide Analysis highlights the adverse health and environmental effects of widely available toxic pesticides while encouraging retailers to expand on—and consumers to […]

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Grandmother’s Pesticide Exposure Increases Granddaughters’ Breast Cancer and Cardiometabolic Disorder Risk

April 2, 2021 | Past maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) during pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer and cardiometabolic disorders (e.g., heart disease, obesity, diabetes) for up to three successive generations, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Although previous studies highlight early life or in utero exposure […]

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Common Use Organophosphate Insecticides Pose a Greater Threat to Women’s Health

March 18, 2021 | A study published in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology finds chronic (long-term) organophosphate (OP) pesticide exposure increases adverse health and cancer risk for U.S. women relative to men. Organophosphorus chemicals have a wide range of biological uses— from insecticides to flame retardants— that make these chemicals ubiquitous, significantly contributing to ecosystem contamination. […]

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