Health Effects of Radiation From Power Lines Part 2

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Lymphatic and Bone Marrow Cancers

A 2007 study led by Prof. Ray Lowenthal of the University of Tasmania and published in the “Internal Medicine Journal” established a link between its survey group of 850 Australians and adult onset of lymphatic and bone marrow cancers. Respondents who lived within 300 meters of power lines before the age of 5 reported five times the incidence of adult cancers; those who lived within that distance at any point up to age 15 were three times as likely to develop cancer.

Lowenthal allowed that his team’s results were suggestive rather than conclusive, noting that previous studies examined the short-term effects of living near power lines, and that additional studies, like his, assessing the long-term risks are needed.

Brain Cancer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled statistics relating to EMF exposure in the workplace as well as in the general environment, and determined that workers exposed to above-average levels of EMFs do report higher-than-normal cancer rates. The CDC stops short of establishing causation, however, noting that other factors not studied may be at play.

Studies compiled by the CDC show that workers exposed to greater than 4 milligauss, a unit of magnetic flux, showed increased rates of leukemia and brain cancers, though the inconsistency of cancer type makes conclusions difficult to draw. Additional data have shown a link to breast cancer and even a possible relationship to Alzheimer’s, but research in these areas is ongoing as of 2010.

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