” Although farmers tend to have lower death rates due to heart disease and cancers of the lung, esophagus, bladder, and colon—likely thanks to lower smoking rates and a physically active lifestyle—they have an exceptionally high risk of other conditions, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Among them: leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcoma, and cancers of the skin, lip, stomach, brain, and prostate.
Why? Farmers are exposed to a wide range of hazardous chemicals including pesticides, engine exhaust, fertilizers, fungicide, and fuels, as well as animal viruses and dust. ”
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More Agriculture Studies – NCBI
- Atrazine and cancer incidence among pesticide applicators in the agricultural health study (1994-2007), PubMed 21622085, Sep 2011.
- An update of cancer incidence in the Agricultural Health Study, PubMed 21063187, Nov 2010.
- Pesticide exposure and risk of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance in the Agricultural Health Study, PubMed 19387005, Jun 2009.
- Heterocyclic aromatic amine pesticide use and human cancer risk: results from the U.S. Agricultural Health Study, PubMed 19058219, Mar 2009.