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Document ID (ISN)63230
CIS number 94-2084
ISSN - Serial title 0002-9262 - American Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Matanoski G.M., Elliott E.A., Breysse P.N., Lynberg M.C.
Title Leukemia in telephone linemen
Bibliographic information 15 Mar. 1993, Vol.137, No.6, p.609-619. 13 ref.
Abstract This case-control study examines potential associations between telephone linework and the occurrence of leukaemia with the exception of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Workers with lifetime exposure scores to extremely low frequency non-ionizing radiation above the median for the population show an excess of leukaemia 2.5 times higher than workers below the median (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.7-8.6). Those individuals with a long duration of employment in jobs with intermittent peak exposures may be at a higher risk of leukaemia than those with a constant exposure level. Analyses that allow for a latent period suggest that the risk is associated with exposures that occurred 10 or more years before death. Workers with peak exposure scores to extremely low frequency non-ionizing radiation above the median have odds ratios of 2.4 (95% CI 0.7-9.0) and 6.6 (95% CI 0.7-58) for latent periods of 10 and 15 years, respectively. The data suggest an increasing risk with increasing exposure (p for trend = 0.05) when cumulated scores are based on peak exposure scores. The numbers in this study are small and the differences observed may be due to chance.
Descriptors (primary) leukaemia; work near electric lines; non-ionizing radiation; telephone communications; occupation disease relation; cancer; electromagnetic fields
Descriptors (secondary) USA; telecommunications; case-control study; latency
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Leukaemia
Electromagnetic fields
Non-ionizing radiation