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Study links pesticides and skin cancer

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Environmental Health News published a story today about new research that suggests farm pesticides may have a link to melanoma.

Sun exposure has long been thought to be the primary cause of melanoma and remains the leading factor. But the study found that, among agricultural workers,  repeated long-term exposure to six chemicals doubled the risk of forming the deadly skin cancer.

At least one of the chemicals is used in a popular pesticide used by consumers in gardens.

Read more: "Farm Pesticides Linked to Deadly Skin Cancer."

-- Geoff Mohan

Photo: Agricultural workers in Ventura County fields. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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