Table 3

Exposure to pesticides analyzed based on the type of product used

Types of pesticides used for the following pests

Type of product

Number of cases

Number of control

Adjusted OR

95% CI


Never exposed+

__

143

229

__

__


Ants, carpenter ant, cockroaches

spray

181

296

1.27

0.83-1.94


fogger/powder/some other form

46

88

0.81

0.44-1.49


Bees or wasps

spray

49

78

1.11

0.58-2.13


fogger/powder/some other form

0

5

0

__


Flies or mosquitoes in your home or yard

spray

29

33

2.16

0.88-5.30


fogger/powder/some other form

2

7

< 0.001

__


Fleas or ticks in your home

spray

17

30

1.85

0.60-5.68


fogger/powder/some other form

25

46

1.4

0.57-3.43


Weeds

spray

71

123

0.94

0.55-1.61


fogger/powder/some other form

43

58

1.76

0.91-3.42


Lawn insects

spray

80

113

1.2

0.70-2.03


fogger/powder/some other form

20

26

1.99

0.81-4.86


Insects or diseases of outdoor plants

spray

67

103

1.03

0.57-1.85


fogger/powder/some other form

8

13

2.55

0.60-10.88


* Adjusted for age at the time of diagnosis, race, religion, level of education, family history of breast cancer, body mass index, age at menopause and age at menarche.

+ The never exposed category included persons who reported not being exposed to the pesticides.

CI, confidence interval; OR, odds ratio

Farooq et al. Environmental Health 2010 9:30   doi:10.1186/1476-069X-9-30

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