Exposure to pesticides increases the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia.
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Researchers from the University Hospital of Tours (Indre-et-Loire) explained that pesticides had an impact on the development of leukemia.
Professor Olivier Hérault, in charge of the study, said "This demonstration is unprecedented, because it is the first time that we have clearly established the link between high exposure to pesticides and the appearance of acute myeloid leukemia", relates France Bleu Touraine.
The results of this study were published on January 21 in the journal
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They show that significant exposure to pesticides and more specifically to insecticides increases the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia by 50%.
Farmers are the main patients
Moreover, farmers represent the majority of patients.
This acute form of leukemia is cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow.
Now farmers hope that it will be recognized as an occupational disease.
Especially since the scientific result of this study is supported by the number of patients studied, raises the local radio.
The researchers have indeed analyzed scientific data from around the world over the past 75 years, which represents a total of 3,955 patients.
They were also able to observe 10,000 witnesses.
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