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Breast cancer patients on the rise due to pesticide residue in food products

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.

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