Pest spraying link to increased risk of brain tumour

Data from 303 case families and 941 control families taking part in a Telethon Institute study on environmental and genetic risks for childhood brain tumour also found a 30% increased risk from other general insecticide treatment carried out pre-conception.

Risk was slightly increased if households were treated with insecticide during pregnancy, although numbers were small, and with paternal occupational exposure to pesticides pre-conception.

Cancer Causes Control 2013; online 5 April

 

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