Dr. Marchese shares the chemicals that cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
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Empowher Asks: What toxins or chemicals cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Dr. Marianne Marchese: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, after breast cancer is probably the most well-researched cancer in terms of environmental toxins causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and I want to mention a few that women and men might not be aware of that are directly linked, mothballs. Mothballs contain a solvent that actually can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and so you know that strange odor that mothballs have when you touch them, it’s being absorbed through your skin when you smell it, you’re inhaling this solvent, and so I tell people get rid of these mothballs, those toxic smelling things. You know, if it smells bad, it’s probably not good for you. So, some other toxins that are linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a pesticide called DDT, the organochlorine compounds, and they actually found that people who had high levels of these organic chlorine compounds in their carpet dust had higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and so this would be true for people who had hardwood floors. It has nothing to do with the carpet; it actually has to do with people tracking this into their home from the outside, and then these pesticides accumulate in the dust bunnies or in the carpet and are directly linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. So I tell people when you come home, take off your shoes. Leave your shoes by the front door; don’t track all those outside toxins into your home, so pesticides, solvents, mothballs, all linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.