Childhood cancer and overhead powerlines: a case-control study

Br J Cancer. 1990 Dec;62(6):1008-14. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1990.428.


A case-control study has been carried out to examine the occurrence of childhood cancer in relation to the proximity of overhead power lines to a child's home address at birth and to the calculated magnetic field at the address. The study included 374 cases diagnosed in the Yorkshire Health Region between 1970 and 1979, together with 588 matched controls. Magnetic-field strengths at the birth addresses due to the load currents of overhead power lines were calculated on the basis of line-network maps and load records. The results indicate no association between the occurrence of childhood malignancies and either the proximity or the magnetic fields of overhead lines, although the statistical power of the study was limited by the small numbers of children living close to overhead power lines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Female
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Risk