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Occupational use of insecticides, fungicides ~and fumigants and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and nultiplc myeloma in the Agricultural Health Study

Citation:

freeman, l., m. alavanja, J. Hoffman, S. Koutros, A. Blair, K. Barry, G. Andreotti, J. Lubin, D. Sandler, J. Hoppin, C. Hines, K. Thomas, C. Lynch, J. Barker, AND D. Buckman. Occupational use of insecticides, fungicides ~and fumigants and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and nultiplc myeloma in the Agricultural Health Study. Presented at EPICOH 2014, Chicago, IL, June 24 - 27, 2014.

Impact/Purpose:

The National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (HEASD) conducts research in support of EPA mission to protect human health and the environment. HEASD research program supports Goal 1 (Clean Air) and Goal 4 (Healthy People) of EPA strategic plan. More specifically, our division conducts research to characterize the movement of pollutants from the source to contact with humans. Our multidisciplinary research program produces Methods, Measurements, and Models to identify relationships between and characterize processes that link source emissions, environmental concentrations, human exposures, and target-tissue dose. The impact of these tools is improved regulatory programs and policies for EPA.

Description:

Farming and exposure to pesticides have been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and multiple myeloma (MM) in previous studies. We evaluated use of insecticides, fungicides and fumigants and risk of NHL, including MM and other NHL sub-types in the Agricultural Health Study, a US-based prospective cohort study.Methods:A total of 527 cases occurred among 55,875 pesticide applicators from enrollment (1993-97) through 2011 in Iowa and 2010 in North Carolina. Information on pesticide use, other agricultural exposures and other factors was obtained from questionnaires at enrollment and follow-up approximately five years later (1999-2005). Information from these questionnaires was used to create lifetime-days and intensity-weighted lifetime-days of pesticide use. Poisson regression and polytomous logit models were used to calculate relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) to evaluate associations between 26 pesticides and NHL and five NHL-subtypes including multiple myeloma, while adjusting for potential confounding factors. Results:Statistically significant positive exposure-response trends occurred between overall NHL risk and lindane (p-trend=0.004) and DDT (p-trend=0.02). In addition, ever use of terbufos was associated with NHL overall (RR=1.2; CI=1.0-1.5), but with no exposure-response trend. In sub-type analyses, terbufos and DDT were associated with small cell lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia/marginal cell lymphoma. In addition, lindane and diazinon were associated with follicular lymphoma and permethrin with MM although tests of homogeneity did not show significant differences in exposure-response among NHL-subtypes for any chemical. Conclusions: These findings are among the first to suggest links between DDT, lindane, permethrin, diazinon and terbufos and specific NHL subtypes.

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EPICOH NHL PRESENTATION ABSTRACT FINAL.DOC

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 06/27/2014
Record Last Revised: 07/30/2015
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 308457

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

HUMAN EXPOSURE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES DIVISION

EXPOSURE MEASUREMENTS & ANALYSIS BRANCH