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From June 20, 2002

Recent Lymphoma 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.
Click here for a copy of Do Pesticides Cause Lymphoma?. For more information visit the Lymphoma Foundation of America website at http://www.lymphomahelp.org/docs/index.htm or call the Foundation at PO Box 15335, Chevy Chase, MD 20825, 703-525-2076 (phone), 703-527-4056 (fax).