Carcinogenic risk of pesticides

F. Merlo, C. Bolognesi, G. Reggiardo

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Because of their extensive use and ubiquity, pesticides represent a large proportion of chemical agents to which human beings are potentially exposed through their lifetime. Pesticides should have a low toxicity to mammals, but absolute species selectivity is difficult to achieve because of the similarities in the biological macromolecules of all organisms. Some pesticides have been shown to be potentially associated with long-term health effects in human populations occupationally or environmentally exposed. Epidemiological studies on cancer risk in humans exposed to pesticides have provided a body of evidence which remains subject of scientific controversy. Experimental data are available for many active agrochemical compounds and their extrapolation to much more complex human exposure situations is still of limited value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • carcinogenicity
  • epidemiology
  • pesticides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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