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From June 20, 2002
Foundation of America Report Links Pesticides to Lymphoma
The Lymphoma Foundation
of America recent report, Do Pesticides Cause Lymphoma?, finds that the
majority of 117 scientific studies and articles reviewed show an increase
in lymphoma in populations with higher exposures to pesticides, especially
herbicides. The report states that data from the National Cancer Institute
show that people develop lymphoma often in states and locations with the
highest pesticide use.
The report finds that
farmers are at the highest risk for lymphoma. 2,4-D, atrazine and other
triazine herbicides are the most used pesticide most frequently associated
with increased lymphoma incidence and/or mortality. Other pesticides associated
with increased lymphoma include glyphosate, lindane, diazinon, dichlorvos,
malathion, and pesticide combinations.
The report examines
scientific studies worldwide on lymphoma and pesticides and includes reviews
and abstracts of scientific studies and articles about lymphomas and pesticides,
which were reviewed by a panel of nationally distinguished scientists
and cancer experts. The research studies include: adults and children;
urban and rural locations; various occupations; and health effects of
pesticides. The report also includes a clearly written section with ideas
on ways to avoid pesticide exposures.
As a result of their
report findings, the Lymphoma Foundation of America is establishing a
national registry for lymphoma patients (survivors or deceased) who believe,
or whose family members believe, that pesticides may have caused the cancer.