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Document ID (ISN)107421
CIS number 07-1455
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Karipidis K., Benke G., Sim M., Fritschi L., Yost M., Armstrong B., Hughes A.M., Grulich A., Vajdic C.M., Kaldor J.M., Kricker A.
Title Occupational exposure to power frequency magnetic fields and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Bibliographic information Jan. 2007, Vol.64, No.1, p.25-29. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) due to occupational exposure to magnetic fields of 50-60Hz. The study population consisted of 694 cases of NHL, first diagnosed between 1 January 2000 and 31 August 2001, and 694 controls from two regions in Australia, matched by age, sex and region of residence. A detailed occupational history was given by each subject. Occupational exposure to power-frequency magnetic fields was estimated using a specially-developed job-exposure matrix. The odds ratio (OR) for workers in the upper quartile of exposure was 1.48 compared to the referent group. When the exposure was lagged by five years the OR was 1.59. Adjusting for other occupational exposures did not significantly alter the results. These findings provide weak support for the hypothesis that occupational exposure to 50-60Hz magnetic fields increases the risk of NHL.
Descriptors (primary) cancer; magnetic fields; risk factors; power generation and distribution
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; diagnosis; job-exposure relation; case-control study; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; United Kingdom; USA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Power generation and distribution
Electromagnetic fields