Risk Factors for Chemical poisoning -- DDT
Risk factors discussion:
Humans can be exposed to DDT and similar chemical contaminants (DDE and
DDD) primarily by eating food that contains small amounts of these
compounds. Even though DDT has not been used in this country since 1972,
small amounts of DDT and DDE are found in soil and, under certain
conditions, may be transferred to crops grown on this soil. In addition,
imported foods may have been directly exposed to DDT. The amount of DDT in
crops has been decreasing and is expected to continue to decrease with
time. EPA banned all uses of DDT, except for public health emergency, in
1972 primarily because amounts were building up in the environment and
because some cancer tests in laboratory animals showed positive
results. (Source: excerpt from FAQ WOMEN AND PESTICIDES: NWHIC)
About risk factors:
Risk factors for Chemical poisoning -- DDT are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Chemical poisoning -- DDT
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Chemical poisoning -- DDT.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Chemical poisoning -- DDT.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.