What types of exposure and response are associated with DDT in humans?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 1:33 am ad1c9bdddf
Human exposure to DDT has been associated with numerous malignant effects. Higher liver cancer rates were found in communities containing a higher DDT concentrations in fat tissue. Pancreatic cancer is also associated with chronic DDT exposure.
Cancer is not the only health risk associated with chronic high-level exposure to DDT. Workers exposed to high concentrations of DDT in the workplace were suggested in a 2006 study to be at a higher risk for diabetes. Other studies have found dose-related increases in the risk of developing diabetes with DDT exposure.
The most troubling evidence for ill effect of DDT exposure is not found in adult illnesses. Developmental effects are some of the most heavily implicated risks from DDT. At the fetal stage, babies whose mothers have a high level of serum DDT metabolites were at higher risk for death and spontneous abortion. Preterm delivery was also found to be elevated in a manner that coincided with elevated serum DDT levels. It should be noted that these effects were observed immediately after the 1960s era of very high ...
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