Herbicide Exposure

Evaluating Risk Factors: Herbicides

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as herbicide exposure — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

If you indicate exposure to hazardous substances, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had significant exposure to specific herbicides? Include short-term intense contact or long-term low-level exposure.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No significant exposure
→ Phenoxy agents (2,4-D, agent orange, 2,4,5-T)
→ Glyphosates (roundup, touchdown...)
→ Yes, other

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no significant herbicide exposure or history of herbicide exposure, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
There is reasonable evidence suggesting occupational exposure to phenoxy herbicides could result in both Hodgkin's and non Hodgkin's lymphoma.  These compounds act as growth regulators and cause destructive proliferation of tissues in plants.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
There is reasonable evidence suggesting occupational exposure to phenoxy herbicides could result in both Hodgkin's and non Hodgkin's lymphoma.  These compounds act as growth regulators and cause destructive proliferation of tissues in plants.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
A report by a 16-member committee of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine found soft-tissue sarcoma associated with exposure to herbicides.  Some studies have shown significant increases in soft tissue sarcoma with phenoxy herbicides.