Children exposed to insecticide are almost 50% more likely to get childhood cancer

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pesticide-spraying(NaturalHealth365) Children exposed to insecticide and pesticides can be as much as 50 percent more at risk for cancer than other children, studies indicate.

Data from 16 past studies comparing the link between pesticide exposure and the development of childhood cancer showed that kids exposed to insecticides or pesticides indoors were 43 percent more likely to have lymphoma and 47 percent more likely to have leukemia. Exposure indoors caused an even higher risk than exposure outdoors in a yard or garden.

Studies confirm the deadly risk of pesticide exposure

Studies conducted in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia all yielded research results that confirm the deadly risk of insecticide and pesticide exposure for human beings and children in particular. Their smaller physical size makes the impact of these chemicals more profound and detrimental. The main cancers caused by pesticides and insecticides are leukemia and lymphoma.

While lymphoma and leukemia are considered relatively rare – around five kids out of 100,000 get leukemia in the U.S. – they are still among the most common kinds of childhood cancer. Childhood cancer in general is on the rise, and it is likely that insecticide and pesticide exposure is part of the cause.

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Researchers speculate that pesticide and insecticide exposure may also be driving up rates of other cancers like bladder and prostate cancer. The link between pesticide exposure and these cancers hasn’t been studied as extensively and it’s possible that exposure at an early age could lead to these kinds of cancers developing later in life after the child reaches adulthood.

The fact that indoor use of these chemicals was connected to increased risk for deadly cancers is presumably because there is less fresh air circulation to dilute the potency and presence of pesticides and insecticides. Those sprayed around the home for pest control seem to be the most damaging, according to researchers. Pesticides can be breathed in or ingested if children get them on their hands and eat or put their hands in their mouths.

Protect your kids: Parents need to hear the truth (and be careful)

Another way children can become exposed is if parents perform jobs, such as farming where they are exposed to herbicides or pesticides and bring them into the home. Kids under the age of 12 seem to be at the highest risk and most vulnerable to the cancer-causing effects of these chemicals.

This data strongly suggests the need for policies in all nations around the world to limit exposure to insect killing chemicals for children at their homes and schools. Until then, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises not overusing pesticides and insecticides around the home and also keeping kids, pets and toys away from the sprayed area as long as possible.

An even better solution is to find natural ways to control pests and avoid using these deadly chemicals altogether.  Because, let’s face it, the cleaner your immediate air space is – the better.

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References:

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/09/08/peds.2015-0006?variant=abstract&sso=1&sso_redirect_count=1&nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/15/us-health-childhood-cancer-pesticide-idUSKCN0RF2HV20150915

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/health/pesticide-exposure-childhood-cancer

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  • Ramond Quincy

    Children are being exposed to so many things, which weren’t used years ago. From microwaves to cell phones and now heavy doses of pesticides.

    These pesticides are on foods we eat. This is another powerful industry, which has convinced us that bugs and weeds are our enemy.

    • Barb

      It’s heartbreaking to see what’s happened and a huge ongoing problem. I grew up in the 50’s and never remember any young person having cancer and hardly any adults either. I have volunteered in hospitals my adult life, and have seen an increase in cancer rates among the young and old alike. It’s truly alarming. There are two children’s hospitals where I live and they are filled to capicity always. Floors dedicated to cancer. 😢

  • Bert Levy

    I live near several golf courses. They are sprayed constantly. Since I don’t play golf this is more than an inconvenience. The days they spay you can smell it as soon as you go outside.

  • Joseph Nevel

    Two of my neighbors had dogs that walked on the lawn after it was sprayed. They both became so ill from rolling in the sprayed grass. The vets couldn’t help them-it affected their livers.

    In humans it may not become obvious for years. All communities with HOA fees which cover lawn care means pesticides will be sprayed. This is something to avoid if possible.