Lymphoma Foundation of America Facts:
Non-profit charity serving lymphoma survivors and families since 1986
Started the first lymphoma support group in the United States
Offers: a nation-wide buddy system, telephone hotline, a web site, counseling, referrals to specialists, local support groups, educational programs, and more
Published: first-ever comprehensive review of worldwide research on lymphoma and pesticides
Established: the nation's only Registry for lymphoma patients and survivors who have been exposed to pesticides
Lymphoma is a type of cancer. Over 62,000 adults and children are diagnosed with lymphoma each year. It is the 5th most common cancer in men and women. The first sign of lymphoma may be a lump or swelling (often in the neck or groin area) and a general feeling of fatigue. There are two major types of lymphoma - Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Almost all lymphoma is treatable, though some types resist treatment or tend to recur. 27,500 people die each year from lymphoma in the United States.
According to the National Cancer Institute, while most other cancers in the U.S. are now decreasing, the rate of lymphoma has been increasing. In fact, not long ago the National Cancer Institute held a conference concerning "the emerging epidemic of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma." It is thought that pesticides are a factor in this epidemic.
Pesticides are chemicals that kill weeds, insects, mold, etc. They are widely used in homes, office buildings and other workplaces, and farms, and can be found in food or drinking water, in public places such as parks and greenways, along roadsides, and on lawns and gardens. Many pesticides in common use are associated with lymphoma, according to scientific studies worldwide.
What You Can Do:
You can choose to limit pesticide use in your home, workplace, and in the food you eat and water you drink. You can oppose the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns. You can let chemical companies know that you want them to produce safer pesticides. You can urge your senators and Congress members to fund the National Cancer Institute's research efforts on pesticides and cancer. You can urge Congress to support tighter pesticide controls and higher standards of enforcement by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Lymphoma Foundation of America
1100 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tel: (734) 222-1100 | Fax: (734) 222-0044