By Kerala Kaumadi Newspaper
According to the joint study done by the Regional Cancer Centre,
Trivandrum, Kerala and the National Cancer Institute of America,
there has been a consistent increase in the cases of breast cancer
due to pesticide residues in food products.
This deplorable situation has come upon Kerala due to the excessive
dependence for vegetables and fruits on outside states. To overcome
crop losses quickly, Kerala uses huge quantities of pesticides
than what is used in other states by illiterate farmers.
This study was led by Dr.Eliamma Mathew with a team of doctors
and the duration of the study was from Oct 1999 to June 2004.
The most number of breast cancer cases were reported in Kerala
in the last 5 years.
Over 1000 breast cancer patients come to the Regional Cancer
Centre for treatment in a year alone.
As part of the study, 100 blood samples and samples of adipose
breast tissues of breast cancer patients were sent for diagnosis
to the National Cancer Institute of America along with the blood
samples of unaffected persons.
The tests revealed the presence of the beta isomers of BHC at
12 times more.BHC and DDT are used in a widespread manner in Tamilnadu,
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Comparatively the figures for the
same is a lot lesser in Kerala.
However, according to statistics, South India uses 45,000 tonnes
of BHC and DDT in a year alone.
Efforts are for a joint study on the various dimensions of breast
cancer caused by pesticide residue in vegetables and fruits, said
Dr. B Rajan,Director,Regional Cancer Centre. A request for the
same has been submitted to the state government.