Proof Pesticides Cause Cancer | Canadian Cancer Society | Provides Cherry Picked Studies as the cause

Although the cancer society claims cosmetic pesticides are the danger and Agricultural Pesticides are required for health and safety reasons.

In Reading the studies they reference as proof pesticides are cancer causing, you quickly realise all the studies are from the agriculture industry.

With Precautionary Principle in hand, shouldn't it be time to ban pesticides for Agriculture?


Oh yes we have Jerilynn Maki from CCS stating this already, the "Agriculture Industy is NEXT" Ban Agricultural Pesticides



There has been an on going study with Farmers and Pesticides, the findings will amaze you.





Pesticides are used to control pests that can affect our health, safety or food supply. This use of pesticides is called non-cosmetic because it’s needed for public health and safety.


Pesticides are also used to make lawns, gardens and other green spaces look better. We call this use cosmetic because it’s not needed for health and safety.


Studies show that there may be a connection between pesticides and cancer in adults and children. That’s why you should reduce – and even eliminate – exposure to pesticides where possible. Our view about pesticides depends on what they are being used for. We discourage the cosmetic use of pesticides.


Pesticides are a group of chemicals that include:

  • insecticides – for insect control
  • herbicides – for weed control
  • fungicides – for control of disease caused by fungus
  • rodenticides – for rodent control
  • fumigants – a gas or vapour used to control insects
  • all other types of pesticides – for example, microbials or chemicals to control algae, slugs and insect eggs

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Toxicology Program classify pesticides according to their link with cancer. Find out more about how cancer-causing substances are classified.


Research to date does not show a definite link between pesticides and human cancer, but it does suggest an increasingly likely connection with cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma (especially among farmers), multiple myeloma, and prostate, kidney and lung cancers. Studies on pesticides and childhood cancer show a possible connection with leukemia, brain tumours and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The possible link between childhood brain cancer and parents’ exposure to pesticides at work was studied, but no link was found.


Farmers exposed to higher levels of pesticides
Studies were done with people who apply pesticides on farms to find out how many of these people get cancer and how many die from it. The results suggest this group may have a slightly higher risk than the average person of getting Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcoma and cancers of the prostate and brain.


For example, one study from the US Agricultural Health Study looked at people who apply pesticides. They found that more of these workers got prostate cancer compared with the average person. Also, a study of people who are exposed to pesticides at work, such as farmers and farm workers, suggested there may be a higher risk of myeloid leukemias in these workers. A study of migrant and seasonal farm workers found a higher than expected number of stomach cancer deaths.


More research needed
Current pesticide research doesn’t give us all of the information we need:

  • There is only a small amount of research about exposure to pesticides in Canada – information is often from other countries that may have different exposure patterns and types of pesticides.
  • Getting accurate information about exposure and health outcomes makes it hard to study the link between pesticides and cancer.
  • Changes over time in the types of pesticides available and in their use can make it hard to understand the health risks of current products.

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One comment on “Proof Pesticides Cause Cancer | Canadian Cancer Society | Provides Cherry Picked Studies as the cause

  1. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G April 26, 2013 6:48 am

    Scientific research shows that, as reported through EPA’s and Health Canada’s vast toxicology database, no harm will occur when pest control products are applied properly in the urban landscape.  The risk assessment of pest control products indicates that they are practically-non-toxic.  Consequently, it is a fact that pest control products cause no harm, including chronic effects such as cancer.   There are NO pest control products that are known or probable carcinogens.  All pesticides have been evaluated for their carcinogenic potential.   Canadian Cancer Society’s own web-sites state repeatedly that scientific research does not provide a conclusive link between pest control products and cancer.   There is not one known cancer death from the proper use of pest control products used in the urban landscape.  And yet, there are thousands of known deaths per year from known cancer-causing substances such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, excess body weight, alcohol consumption, and over-exposure to the sun.  Pest control products are scientifically safe, cause no harm, and do not cause cancer.  WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G   

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