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22 April 2016

Life-Span Exposure to Sinusoidal-50 Hz Magnetic field and Acute Low-Dose γ Radiation Induce Carcinogenic Effects in Sprague-Dawley Rats

"The results of the study showed significant carcinogenic effects for the mammary gland in males and females and a significant increased incidence of malignant schwannomas of the heart as well as increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in males. Conclusions: These results call for a re-evaluation of the safety of non-ionizing radiation."

Life-span exposure to sinusoidal-50 Hz magnetic field and acute low-dose γ radiation induce carcinogenic effects in Sprague-Dawley rats.
Int J Radiat Biol. 2016 Apr;92(4):202-14. doi: 10.3109/09553002.2016.1144942. Epub 2016 Feb 19.

Soffritti M1, Tibaldi E1, Padovani M1, Hoel DG2, Giuliani L3, Bua L1, Lauriola M1, Falcioni L1, Manservigi M1, Manservisi F1, Panzacchi S1, Belpoggi F1.

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Background In 2002 the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELFMF) as a possible carcinogen on the basis of epidemiological evidence. Experimental bioassays on rats and mice performed up to now on ELFMF alone or in association with known carcinogens have failed to provide conclusive confirmation.

Objectives To study the carcinogenic effects of combined exposure to sinusoidal-50 Hz (S-50Hz) magnetic fields and acute γ radiation in Sprague-Dawley rats. Methods We studied groups of male and female Sprague-Dawley rats exposed from prenatal life until natural death to 20 or 1000 μT S-50Hz MF and also to 0.1 Gy γ radiation delivered as a single acute exposure at 6 weeks of age.

Results The results of the study showed significant carcinogenic effects for the mammary gland in males and females and a significant increased incidence of malignant schwannomas of the heart as well as increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in males.

Conclusions These results call for a re-evaluation of the safety of non-ionizing radiation.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26894944

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