Pancreatic cancer linked to herbicides

Some weed killers may need to be treated with more respect.

By Janet Raloff, 16:31 PM May 26, 2009

A new study links two weed killers with pancreatic cancer in pesticide applicators and their spouses. The authors, most of whom work for the National Cancer Institute, note that they are the first to link this particular malignancy with the farm chemicals — pendimethalin and EPTC — and really don’t know how either would trigger cancer (although they do have a theory). But for now they are recommending that “these findings should be considered hypothesis generating and in need of confirmation...

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