Scientists Link Livestock Farming To Blood Cancer

Blood-CancerA recent study has found that kids grown in the surrounding of livestock farms have three times higher risk of developing blood cancer, in their later part of life. It is for the first time when a study has linked livestock farming with blood cancer.

However, previously, there has been a study which reported the risk of adult farmers of developing blood cancer as they are exposed to harmful pesticides. The recent study has been carried out by researchers at Massey University in New Zealand. The findings of the study have been published to the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

For the study, the researchers examined the death certificates of 114,000 people, aged 35 to 85, who died between 1998 and 2003. Besides, the researchers also examined the deceased’s usual job and that of at least one of their parents from the records.

During the study, it was found that for the period of 1998 and 2003, over 3,000 deaths were caused by blood cancer. The researchers also found that the deceased were grown up on the livestock farms.

The findings of the study also highlight 22% greater risk of developing blood cancer – such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma as compared to those who were brought up at healthy environment.