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Document ID (ISN)70010
CIS number 97-2028
ISSN - Serial title 0002-9262 - American Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) GuÚnel P., et al.
Title Exposure to 50-Hz electric field and incidence of leukemia, brain tumors, and other cancers among French electric utility workers
Bibliographic information 1996, Vol.144, No.12, p.1107-1121. 41 ref.
Abstract The association between cancer and exposure to electric fields was investigated in a case-control study nested within a cohort of 170,000 workers employed at the French electric utility company ElectricitÚ de France (EDF) between 1978 and 1989. Exposure was assessed by personal monitoring of 850 EDF workers for a full work week. The analysis did not show any increased risk for leukaemia. For brain tumours (69 cases) there was some indication of a dose-response relation, although the risk did not increase uniformly with exposure. An unexpected association was also observed for colon cancer, but not for any other type of cancer. This study indicates that electric fields may have a specific effect on the risk of brain tumour.
Descriptors (primary) leukaemia; electric fields; electromagnetic fields; electrical industry; gastrointestinal cancer; electric power generation; personnel monitoring; brain cancer
Descriptors (secondary) case-control study; France
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Power generation and distribution
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Electromagnetic fields
Diseases of the nervous system
Gastrointestinal diseases