It’s been more than 20 years since the AHS or Agricultural Health Study was created. The main goal of this study is to collect agricultural information to have a greater understanding of the role of agricultural exposures in or health. Throughout the years, the study has collected a lot of information that links chemical substances used in agriculture to serious health illnesses like cancer.
Pesticides and Cancer
Women who reported using OP insecticides were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never used these insecticides. In addition, some specific OPs were associated with other cancers:
- Malathion, the most commonly used OP insecticide, was associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer.
- Diazinon, another common OP insecticide, was associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
This is the first comprehensive evaluation of the use of these insecticides among women; it will be important to confirm these findings in other studies.