A team of researchers was gathered at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston to identify between 277 studies made about how pesticides increase the risk of cancer in children. After thoroughly studying those papers they’ve reached a conclusion that exposure to pesticides indoors during childhood highly increases the risk of cancer. Although it seems that the use of insecticides doesn’t encourage the appearance of tumors it is the highest risk for acute leukemia and childhood lymphomas.
PhD Chensheng Lu of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explained that children are more vulnerable to pesticides because their livers aren’t fully developed so it won’t detoxify some of the toxic components. These toxins, by remaining in the bloodstream, affect blood cells which leads to bone marrow cancers. Children are at high risk of exposure when parents use canned sprayed insecticides indoors without proper air ventilation. Even more researchers suggest that people should use pesticides only if there is no other solution not as a quick fix for bugs. If they can only rely on pesticides they should at least keep their children away from home for about two hours after using the toxins.
People can’t entirely avoid pesticides because they are found in food, insect sprays, foggers, lawn products and many more. People with children are being encouraged by the Environmental Protection Agency to carefully read the labels of the product they use to avoid toxic pesticides. Additional research will be made to conclude how much of a risk pesticides are for childhood cancers and even if there is a link between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s disease.