How Insecticides Increase Children's Exposure to Cancer Risks by 50%

For the longest time, scientists have embarked on regular intensive research projects, trying to find the etiology of cancer. According to Natural News, a lot of people who are older now,were exposed to dangerous chemicals while still young and this fatal error should be avoided with the younger generation, as some of these chemicals have been found to cause cancer.

A group of scientists, recently conducted an examination to determine the relationship between insecticides and cancer. They found that children who were exposed to insecticides and pesticides have as high as a 50 percent greater threat of having cancer than children who do not suffer this exposure. The scientists reviewed the data collected from a total of 16 research projects which took place in regions such as Africa, North America, Europe, and Australia where the worrisome linkbetween cancer and insecticides was discovered. They discovered, for instance, that children who were exposed to insecticides or pesticides within their homes or an enclosed space, had a 43 percent higher probability of being diagnosed of lymphoma and a 47 percent greater likelihood of suffering leukemia.

A post made by The Guardian, confirms that the World’s Health Organization (WHO) named a very popular insecticide, lindane, as a carcinogenic substance. It was once used commonly in the killing of insects and also for the treatment of scabies and head lice. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also stated that an insecticide, DDT, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, “probably causes cancer”, they came to this conclusion afterresearchrevealed that DDT could increase the threat of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), liver cancer along with testicular cancer.

DDT was also popularly used for the treatment of insect-borne illnesses during the Second World War and was thereafter used in the treatment of malaria and also used in agriculture.IARC maintained that “Exposure to DDT still occurs mainly through diet,” Furthermore, they stated that DDT was still being used in regions such as Africa, to cure malaria.

HealthDay, quotes senior researcher Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and one of the scientists who was involved in the study linking insecticides to cancer. "We don't know 'how much' exposure it takes, or if there's a critical window in development," "Is the window during pregnancy? Or even before pregnancy?" Lu said. "That will take a much deeper investigation."

Due to the fact that the probability of getting cancer increases with the use of insecticide, the research authors advise that parents should restrict the use of insecticides around their children. They also advise that parents should use only natural pest controls when kids are around. 

Information about the various causes of canceris continually revealed to the general public so as to reduce the impact of this menacing illness on our societies. A closer look should be taken to this new discovery which links insecticides to cancer.


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