PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES
Even those who have heard very little about EMF health
issues have heard about the possible link between EMF
exposure (via power lines) and cancer on the nightly news.
Most of this concern is based on epidemiological studies which
suggest an association between living near power lines or working
around electrical equipment and a weak, but statistically significant,
elevation in the incidence of certain types of cancer,
particularly leukemia, brain cancer, and breast cancer.
Scientific studies in the United States (Wertheimer & Leeper '79,
London '91, Savitz '95) and Sweden (Feychting & Ahlbom '92) demonstrated a
statistically significant association between EMF exposure & certain types
The Swedish Residential EMF Study (Feychting &
Ahlbom '92) found "children exposed to average fields of 3 mG or more in their
homes had close to four times the expected rate of leukemia." Furthermore, a
Swedish Occupational EMF Study showed "men exposed to similar levels of magnetic
fields at work had three times the expected incidence of chronic lymphocytic
leukemia." Microwave News.
Suggestions for Electromagnetic Field Surveys - a Recommended EMF Measurement Procedure
The National Emergency Policy Act of 1992
Department of Energy to jointly fund with the Utility Industry a $65 million
five year ELF EMF research program to ascertain the effect of ELF exposure on
human health and provide public information.
Electrical Hypersensitivity - general
information on electrical hypersensitivity.
- Substantive info on biological and
health effects of EMFs from common sources such as power lines,
electrical wiring, appliances, medical equipment.
EMFRAPID - Electric and Magnetic Fields
Research and Public Information Dissemination Program.
FEB - The Swedish Association for the Electrically and VDT
- Electromagnetic hypersensitivity,
electrosensitivity, oversensitivity to electricity, and VDT injured are
different names of the same condition; people all experience symptoms
from electric devices.
FAQ - Powerlines, EMF and Cancer - Q&As on
powerlines, electrical occupations and cancer: biophysics of
interactions, summaries of laboratory and human studies, information on
standards, and an annotated bibliography.
CDC : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - NIOSH Safety and Health Topic:
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