I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Insects and weeds can cause all sorts of problems for humans, who have often fought back with
insecticides and herbicides. Unfortunately, that solution may create other problems. The
WHO announced June 23 that two insecticides and one herbicide had been linked to some
types of cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, or IARC, is
the specialized cancer agency of WHO. A team of 26 experts from all over the world reviewed
the scientific literature on the links between cancer, lindane, DDT and 2,4-D. These researchers
found sufficient evidence demonstrating that lindane could cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma , or
NHL, in humans. Banned or restricted in most countries, lindane can still be used in humans
as a secondary treatment for lice and scabies.They also linked DDT to NHL, as well as testicular
cancer and liver cancer. The organization noted that it found strong evidence that 2,4-D
caused oxidative stress, which damages cells and can lead to cancer. The herbicide is still
used to control weeds in many settings. Agricultural workers, pesticide applicators, and those
who work in the manufacturing of insecticides and pesticides are likely most at risk