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Document ID (ISN)51711
CIS number 89-919
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s)
Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association
Title Cancer risk of pesticides in agricultural workers
Bibliographic information 19 Aug. 1988, Vol.260, No.7, p.959-966. 42 ref.
Abstract This report discusses some of the inherent limitations of cancer studies in animals and humans and presents a qualitative carcinogen risk assessment of a number of pesticides based on the judgement of national and international authorities who have reviewed the available experimental and epidemiologic evidence. A large number of pesticidal compounds have shown evidence of genotoxicity or carcinogenicity in animal and in vitro screening tests, but no pesticides - except arsenic and vinyl chloride (once used as an aerosol propellant) - have definitely been proved to be carcinogenic in man. A resolution by the Council on Scientific Affairs calls for the American Medical Association, through its scientific journals and publications, to alert physicians to the potential hazards of agricultural pesticides.
Descriptors (primary) carcinogens; vinyl chloride; arsenic; neoplasms; agriculture; carcinogenic effects; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) mutagenic effects; directive; herbicides; literature survey; USA; report; IARC; Hodgkin's disease; mortality; insecticides; toxic substances; epidemiologic study; animal experiments; in vitro experiments; classification; toxic effects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Agricultural chemicals
Halogenated hydrocarbons
Arsenic and compounds
Agriculture
Inorganic substances