Individuals can suffer adverse health effects years after their initial environmental exposure to toxins. Medical complications ranging from brain disease to cancer can manifest many years later, with devastating consequences. New research from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health highlights the potential health risks of exposure to one of these toxins for women.
Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane (DDT) was a common ingredient in many pesticides and lice treatments for several generations. Following its widespread use, medical studies began to link this chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbon to medical problems, including various types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and liver disease. In 1972, the United States banned the use of this dangerous chemical compound. Other countries soon followed. Despite the ban, DDT persists in the environment. In Africa and Asia, DDT continues to be used to control malaria.
Columbia researchers tracked more than 15,000 women over a 60-year period in effort to confirm a link between increased breast cancer rates and DDT exposure. When women lived or worked in areas with high DDT levels, they were more likely to develop breast cancer. Using blood samples of pregnant and exposed women collected between 1959 to 1967, the study indicated most women developed signs of breast cancer an average of 40 years after their initial exposure.
The study concluded that the timing of DDT exposure to be a significant factor in assessing increased risks for breast cancer. Females exposed to the toxin in infancy or early childhood were most likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer. An exposure to DDT during puberty, a time when the breast tissue is rapidly developing, appears exceptionally problematic, with women facing an approximate three-fold increase in risk.
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