French insurer investigates cancer-pesticide link

French farmers' social security company MSA has launched the country's first large-scale study into the relationship between cancer and pesticide use, it announced on Wednesday. MSA hopes to monitor 80,000 pesticide-using farmers over several years. According to French daily Libération, the project will test two findings from US and Scandinavian research: namely that pesticide users are overall less likely to develop cancer (including tobacco-related cancer) than the general population, but that they show a higher-than-average incidence of rare cancers. An EU strategy on pesticide use is due later this year. See MSA and Liberation article.

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