Huge Animal Study Examining Power-Frequency EMFs Relation to CancerMar 3, 2016
Power frequency magnetic fields have been, once again, shown to act as a cancer promoter. An international team in Spain, led by Elisabeth Cardis, revealed cancer promotion in workers exposed to chemicals and extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Over a year ago an Italian research team found basically the same effect in animals as in people exposed to ionizing radiation to ELF EMFs.
Three types of cancer developed at a higher rate than expected in rats which were subject to a single low-dose of gamma radiation at a young age and were exposed to magnetic fields for their entire lives. They developed breast cancer, leukemia/lymphoma and a very rare tumor that originates in the nerve sheath, known as schwannoma of the heart, Microwave News reports.
This recent study took place at the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy and was part of one of the most ambitious EMF animal projects ever attempted. Future experiments combining the action of other agents including formaldehyde and aflatoxin, along with EMFs, were done by the same team. Altogether, these experiments involved more than 10,000 rats. The EMF-gamma radiation study used 650 exposed rats with 1,001 rats as controls. The cost was over 5 million euros, the equivalent of about $5 or 6 million, according to the Microwave News.
Magnetic fields can "enhance the effects of a well-known carcinogen," said Fiorella Belpoggi, the scientific director of the Institute. The study will appear in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Radiation Biology. The Ramazzini researchers were abundantly clear in announcing their new findings and wrote, "these results call for a reevaluation of the safety of non-ionizing radiation."