Cancers in children linked to pesticide useBy Rashmi Kalia, UniversityHerald Reporter
A new report published on Monday has revealed that cancers in children is linked to exposure to indoors pesticides, Kmov reports.
"Pesticides are designed and manufactured to kill organisms," said study author Chenseng Lu, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA. "Parents should avoid using these chemicals in the vicinity of their kids."
The researchers studied 16 different studies and included 1200 children with cancer in the study. They analyzed the hazardous of indoor insecticides, outdoor insecticides and herbicides on children.
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
The study revealed that children exposed to indoor insecticides were 47 percent more likely to be diagnosed with childhood leukemia and 43 percent more likely to have childhood lymphoma than those who weren't exposed to the insecticides. Children are usually exposed to the pesticides by breathing or eating them, since the residues of pesticides stay on the surface where children spend time playing.
Those who had been exposed to herbicides were 26 percent more likely to be diagnosed with childhood leukemia than those who had not been exposed.
"We are starting to get to the place where there is enough science, it just starts to add up to say that we can't really ignore anymore ... the role of environmental factors like pesticides in health," said Dr. Catherine J. Karr, professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the University of Washington, according to CNN
"This study is a nice contribution because it focuses in on what is the effect of home use of pesticides versus (other) exposures."
The research did not find a link between childhood cancers and outdoor insecticides.
Pesticides are more hazardous for children than for adults since children do not have fully developed immune systems. Also, children's bodies are not able to detoxify or excrete the pesticides fully.
Lu said that pesticides could be contributing to cancer by causing genetic mutations in blood cells that lead to leukemia and lymphoma.