Electromagnetic field exposure and cancer: a review of epidemiologic evidence

CA Cancer J Clin. Jan-Feb 1996;46(1):29-44. doi: 10.3322/canjclin.46.1.29.


The idea that exposure to power-frequency electric and magnetic fields might contribute to cancer causation has been under investigation for nearly two decades. A number of epidemiologic studies have been undertaken, but findings have been weak, inconsistent, and inconclusive. This article provides an updated survey of epidemiologic information and considers those data in relation to the many scientific uncertainties that still persist.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology