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Research: key mechanisms of pesticide-induced cancer

ARTAC (the Association for Research and Treatments Against Cancer) have recently published new research on the effects of pesticides on the rise of cancer incidence in the West Indies.

Prostate and breast cancers have become frequent in Martinique. The study reveals that the growth curves of incidence rates for Martinique and metropolitan France have been significantly diverging since 1983. They suggest that among possible environmental factors in Martinique, the intensive and prolonged exposure to pesticides may account for the observed growing incidence of prostate cancer. Further to this, they suggest pesticides may also be causally involved in the growing incidence of breast cancer through a common endocrine disruption mechanism.

The authors call for protective medical recommendations to be immediately set up and carried out by general practitioners, paediatricians, obstetricians, gynaecologists and urologists. The also recommend that public health measures of primary precaution and prevention should be urgently taken in close collaboration with health professionals in order to protect the population, especially pregnant women and children, to contibute to a reduction in Martinique’s cancer epidemic.

Last updated on 10 June 2011

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