Childhood is a critical time of enormous cell growth. Therefore, particular concerns regarding children’s safety and exposure to Electromagnetic fields arise, such as exposure of children to fields from nearby big power lines, their use of computers at home and school, sitting close to crt TV’s, or using mobile phones.
Leukemia means, “white blood,” describes a variety of cancers that arise in the bone marrow where blood cells are formed. It is known by the creation of abnormal white blood cells called leukocytes, which, as the disease advances, battle with the healthy white blood cells that the body needs to fight bacterial, viral, and other infections.
Leukemia is the most common form of cancer found in children,.
Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper study
They conducted the study at the University of Colorado in hthe year between 1976-1977 near the homes of children who developed cancer, as compared to the homes of control children. The finding was strongest for children who had spent their entire lives at the same address, and it appeared to be dose-related. They reported 2-3 increase in cancer deaths among children living near high-current power lines.
As a result, they claimed that children had double or triple the chance of developing leukemia or tumors of the nervous system if they live near high-power transmission lines as compared to those who do not.
The Danish study of leukemia and EMF fields
Measured home residences within specified distances (25-50 meters) from power lines, substations, and underground cables. The study demonstrated a significantly increased risk of childhood lymphomian the highest exposure category. Further, the study
demonstrated the increased risk of lymphatic cancer among children with
exposure to magnetic fields from high-voltage lines of 0.1 µT (microtesla) or greater.
The Finnish study of leukemia and electromagnetic fields
They studied risk of cancer in children living close to overhead power lines with magnetic fields greater than or equal to 0.01 µT (microtesla) was assessed. They studied 68,300 boys and 66,500 girls aged 0-19 years living during 1970-1989 within 500 meters from overhead 100-400-kV powerlines.
They found out that statistically significant excess of nervous system tumors was found in boys (but not in girls) who were exposed magnetic fields greater or equal to 0.2 µT (microtesla).
Study from Taiwan – leukemia and electromagnetic fields
In this study they measured elevated risk of leukemia among children living near high-voltage transmission lines in three urban districts of northern Taiwan. Twenty-eight cases of leukemia among some 120,696 children aged 14 years or less were reported to the National Cancer Registry between 1987 and 1992. It was found that children living in areas within 100 meters of a transmission line had a leukemia rate 2.7 times higher than that of children in the nation as a whole. Their cancer risk was 2.4 times higher than that of other children in the same neighborhoods. The findings suggest that children living near high-voltage power lines tend to experience an elevated risk of leukemia.