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IARC: WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer

24 June, 2015
DDT, Lindane Can Cause Cancer, WHO Says. By Jacob Koffler. time.com. June 23, 2015. DDT was mostly banned in the U.S. in 1970, while lindane is still present in some products. Exposure to insecticides lindane and DDT can cause cancer, according to findings released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now classified lindane, which has been used “extensively” for insect control, as carcinogenic to humans. DDT is now classified as probably carcinogenic to humans, based on evidence that DDT causes cancer in experimental animals and limited evidence that it does in humans.See also: IARC Monographs evaluate DDT, lindane, and 2,4-D 
IARC: WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer
toxic pestisides lindane ddtAn Albanian specialist removes toxic pesticides near the ruins of a former chemical plant in Porto Romano, a village 3 miles from the port city of Durres, May 5, 2006.The chemicals have been linked specifically to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, testicular cancer and liver cancer. Exposure to lindane can increase one’s risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 60%, according to studies conducted in Canada and the U.S. 
Journal reference: Carcinogenicity of lindane, DDT, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acidDana Loomis, Kathryn Guyton, Yann Grosse, Fatiha El Ghissasi, VéroniqueBouvard, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, NeelaGuha, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group, IARC, Lyon, France. Published Online: 22 June 2015. The Lancet Oncology.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00081-9


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