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Women with breast cancer are more likely to have high blood levels of pesticides

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.952/k (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:952
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Women with breast cancer are more likely to show high serum concentrations of organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT, which are known oestrogenic compounds, a study has found (Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2003;60:348-51).

    The researchers, at the Sart Tilman Hospital in Liège, Belgium, tested 159 women who had had positive diagnoses of breast cancer, while 250 controls were randomly selected from women without known cancers who were attending for routine vaginal cytological examinations. At least one control was matched to each woman with breast cancer, for factors such as age, reproductive status, and menopause. …

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