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Northern California Cancer Center Finds Increased Risk of Most Common Form of Childhood Leukemia Associated With Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides
Date:9/24/2009

rate, and high. The study revealed an elevated risk of ALL associated with moderate exposure, but not high exposure, to pesticides classified as organophosphates, chlorinated phenols, and triazines, and with agricultural pesticides used as insecticides or fumigants.

"These initial findings suggest that there may be a specific agent or set of agents that can increase the risk of this disease among children," said Dr. Rull. "Our future work would include examining additional cases more recently diagnosed and attempting to identify the pesticides that may play a role in the development of this disease."

In addition to Dr. Rull's latest findings, NCCC is at the forefront of research that investigates how the environment where people live may affect their cancer risk.

About NCCC:

The Northern California Cancer Center (www.nccc.org) is the only center in the country dedicated solely to cancer prevention research. It is recognized nationally as a leader in researching the causes and patterns of cancer across the population and improving the prevention and detection of cancer.


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