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Study: Women whose partners are pesticide applicators have increased risk of breast, thyroid and ovarian cancer


(NaturalNews) As reported by the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), there is a direct correlation between women who live with pesticide applicators and cancer. Dr. Cathy Lerro and AHS colleagues used information reported by wives of pesticide applicators to take the first detailed look at the use of organophosphate (OP) insecticides and the risk of cancer among women.

About 60 percent of the spouses of pesticide applicators reported having used such pesticides themselves. According to the study, women who reported using OP insecticides were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never used these insecticides. The most dangerous OPs were:
  • Malathion: The most commonly used OP insecticide is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer.
  • Diazinon: Another commonly used OP insecticide, this is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
This study was the first comprehensive evaluation of the use of these insecticides among women, but it isn't the first time that cancer has been linked to pesticide use.

Monsanto and cancer

According to Global Research, cancer deaths have doubled for those who live in areas where pesticide intensive GM crops are grown in Argentina. A report by the Ministry of Health in Cordoba, Argentina, documented this disturbing trend and the dramatic spike in cancer deaths, as seen in data collected over five years.

Dr. Fernando Manas of the Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Group at the National University in Rio Cuarto, explains that the increasing number of cancer cases in agricultural areas are definitely not a fluke; more than 15 different scientific publications confirm that individuals exposed to pesticides have much greater risk of genetic damage and cancer.

Glyphosate, a herbicide mostly used on genetically modified crops, has been found in samples taken from lakes, soil and rainwater, and is described as "probably carcinogenic" by the World Health Organization. Glyphosate is one of the main ingredients in Monsanto herbicide, Roundup.

But while glyphosate is becoming widely known for its dangerous properties, Monsanto also produced DDT, which has been banned in the U.S. since 1972, after it became clear that it was linked to birth defects. Unfortunately, while the ban is a great thing for future generations, there are long term effects of exposure to DDT that are still affecting Americans today. A study published in 2015 points to a correlation between mothers that were exposed to DDT decades ago, and incidences of breast cancer in their adult daughters in more recent times.

When analyzing the mothers' blood, researchers found that mothers with the highest levels of DDT exposure had daughters who were 3.7 times more likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer than women with lower exposures.

Cancer in Napa Valley

According to The Liberty Beacon, residents living in Napa County, California, are linked to higher cancer rates thanks to their exposure to the pesticide-laden vineyards. The report, published by the Cancer Registry of Greater California, states that Napa Valley is a cancer cluster and home to high rates of people suffering with cancer.

Napa Valley has the highest rates of cancer among all of the 58 California counties, with colorectal and female breast cancer rates being abnormally high, and pancreatic and prostate cancer rates that are through the roof. For every 100,000 people in the county there are almost 488 documented cases of cancer.

The vineyards are also polluting the water and soil of Napa Valley – and these toxins are entering into water systems and overburdening people with unsafe, unstudied and compounding chemicals. Napa County is also seeing similar spikes in childhood cancer cases, and there was a 69 percent increase in childhood cancer deaths between 2000 and 2012.

Pesticide intense regions have been proven to be extremely dangerous places to live. And the latest report about women living with pesticide applicators confirms yet again that pesticides are just not safe for use around humans – or the environment.

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