Pesticides blamed for rise in colon cancer deaths
They then compared this to the number of deaths from colon cancer during the same period.They observed an overall increase of colon cancer, which was correlated with the amount of pesticides sold and used in the country.
Related topics AgricultureHealthFarming[SÃO PAULO] The use of pesticides has been linked to a sharp rise in colon cancer deaths in a developing country for the first time.Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer worldwide, accounting for about 10 per cent of all cases.
“The results show a strong link [between pesticides and colon cancer mortality] and as such cannot be ignored,” Francis Martin, University of Central LancashireCredit: A tractor at work in São Paulo.
Despite that, no previous study has yet found a correlation between the increase in pesticide use and colon cancer mortality.“The results show a strong link [between pesticides and colon cancer mortality] and as such cannot be ignored,” says co-author Francis Martin, based at the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.
It found that 20 per cent of food samples it analysed between 2013 and 2015 qualified as unsafe for human intake due to high pesticide levels.A few epidemiological studies have suggested that pesticides increase the risk of colon cancer in humans and rodents.