Pesticides May Be Linked to Rising Child Leukaemia
By Lyndsay Moss and Jennifer Sym, PA News
September 6, 2004
Pesticides and other environmental pollution may affect unborn children – and play a role in the rising rates of childhood leukaemia, new research suggested today.
A study, unveiled at the First International Scientific conference on Childhood Leukaemia in London, indicated harmful environmental agents can cross the placenta from mother to foetus.
The study suggests the transfer could affect the immune system of the child, which could be linked to the increasing incidence of the disease.