Rising Colon Cancer in Brazil Tied to Pesticides

Colon cancer in Brazil is on the rise, and new research found a correlating rise in pesticide use—the first study of its type in the developing world.
Pesticide sales rose from just over 162 to ~476 million tons in Brazil between 2000 and 2012, according to the study in Chemosphere by researchers from Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Simultaneously, colon cancer deaths increased from 946,686 to 1 million+, despite cancer detection and treatment advances. They connected that to existing data showing unsafe pesticide levels in breast and bovine milk and foods in Brazil, where pesticide legislation is lax.

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