Residential pesticide use may increase the risk of cutaneous melanoma. Earlier studies have shown an association between occupational pesticide exposure, but this study showed a two and one-half times increased risk of melanoma in subjects exposed to indoor pesticide use four or more times a year over a ten-year period.
Other studies have suggested that household pesticide use increases the risk of several pediatric tumors including brain, leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
(European Journal of Cancer 43:1066-1075, 2007)
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