Do pesticides cause cancer? Researchers have found an important clue

More and more research is being done to determine if pesticides cause cancer. Two recent studies from the University of Idaho are giving more insight.

The first found that Idaho counties with more environmental pollutants in groundwater, which includes pesticides, were more closely associated with childhood cancer. The second study focused on fumigants and found a significant link to cancer in 11 Western states.

However, the scientists say these findings do not necessarily mean pesticides themselves cause cancer. They say information will push them to further investigate the link, like determining which chemicals specifically cause tumors.

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