Magnetic field exposure related to cancer subtypes

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1987;502:43-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1987.tb37645.x.


Certain subtypes of cancer (notably nervous system cancer) showed an association with two indices of exposure to 60-Hz alternating magnetic fields (AMFs): Subtype similarities were seen in those people potentially exposed to AMFs by their occupations, and in those potentially exposed by high-current power lines near their homes. The incidence-age patterns observed in exposed and nonexposed groups suggest that prolonged AMF exposure may act as a cancer promoter.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Electromagnetic Phenomena / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • United States