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Pesticides et cancer de la prostate : données épidémiologiques [Pesticides and prostate cancer: epidemiological data]

Abstract : Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer affecting men in most Western countries. Certain risk factors have been identified (age, family history, ethnic origin), but the aetiology of this cancer remains largely unknown. However, a role for environmental factors is strongly suspected. Questions have been raised concerning the role of the chemical substances generated by human activities in the occurrence of this disease. Diverse studies have consistently demonstrated a higher risk of prostate cancer in agricultural populations than in the general population. The hypothesis that this higher risk is linked to the use of pesticides has been tested in a number of studies, mostly in North America and Europe. However, to date, with a few possible exceptions, it has been impossible to demonstrate a significant association between exposure to pesticides or a chemical family of pesticides and prostate cancer. In the face of these uncertainties, rigorous studies are required, with objective measurements of exposure, taking into account confounding factors and individual risk factors, making it possible to assess gene-environment interactions.
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Jean-Rodrigue Ndong, Pascal Blanchet, Luc Multigner. Pesticides et cancer de la prostate : données épidémiologiques [Pesticides and prostate cancer: epidemiological data]. Bulletin du Cancer, John Libbey Eurotext, 2009, 96 (2), pp.171-80. ⟨10.1684/bdc.2008.0812⟩. ⟨inserm-00504733⟩

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