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Common Household Pesticides Linked To Childhood Cancer Cases

(July 29, 2009)
Common household pesticides have been linked to childhood cancer according to Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center .  Researchers advise that the study does not prove cause and effect.  The study found a higher level of common household pesticides in the urine of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer that develops most commonly between three and seven years of age.

“In our study, we compared urine samples from children with ALL and their mothers with healthy children and their moms. We found elevated levels of common household pesticides more often in the mother-child pairs affected by cancer,” says the study’s lead investigator, Offie Soldin, PhD, an epidemiologist at Lombardi. Soldin cautions, “We shouldn’t assume that pesticides caused these cancers, but our findings certainly support the need for more robust research in this area.”

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