The pesticides you may be using to keep your home free of bugs and your yard looking sharp may be putting your kids at a much greater risk for developing any number of childhood cancers. A new analysis of previous studies suggests that children who are exposed to indoor insecticides and certain pesticides at home are “47% more likely to be diagnosed with childhood leukemia than those who had never been exposed… and 43% more likely to be diagnosed with childhood lymphoma.” The review supports previous research that indicates pesticides and other household chemicals are much more dangerous to children than to adults, since a child’s developing immune system is still quite fragile.

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The analysis investigated children’s exposure to three types of pesticides: indoor insecticides, outdoor insecticides and herbicides. The largest of the 16 studies reviewed included nearly 1,200 children with cancer.

Study author Chensheng Lu, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts conducted the review of 16 previous studies related to childhood cancer and residential use of pesticides. As previously mentioned, and it bears repeating, overall, Lu concludes that exposure to indoor insecticides put children at a 47% higher risk for developing childhood leukemia, as compared to children with no exposure. The risk for childhood lymphoma is 43% higher with pesticide exposure.

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Lu’s analysis also revealed that herbicide exposure is incredibly dangerous to children as well. His review of previous studies indicates that children are 26% more likely to be diagnosed with childhood leukemia after being exposed to herbicides than those who had never been exposed.

The moral of this story is that extreme dangers are lurking in our yards and throughout our homes if pest control is being used. Where young children are concerned, it’s almost impossible to be too careful about what types of chemicals they come into contact with on a daily basis, whether it be at home, at school, or in another public space.

via Live Science

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