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Tas Cancer Council urges more research into link between high-voltage power lines and diseases

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

The Cancer Council of Tasmania urged more research into the link between high-voltage power lines and diseases including leukemia, reported The Mercury (21/8/2007, p.9). Need for clear evidence: Tasmanian oncologist Ray Lowenthal led a study showing people who lived closer to lines were far more likely to develop diseases including lymphoma and leukemia. The risk was worse the younger they were and the nearer they lived to lines. “In light of these findings we clearly need further national and international scientific studies to build hard evidence on any causal relationship between exposure to transmission lines and cancers,” Cancer Council chief executive officer Lawson Ride said. He said while the report suggested a possible link between some cancers and living close to electric power transmission lines, there was still no clear evidence.

In line with other research: The research by Prof Lowenthal, Deirdre Tuck and British doctor Isabelle Bray tracked the lifetime addresses of more than 800 Tasmanians with myeloproliferative disorders or lymphoproliferative disorders, including cancers like non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia. Lowenthal said while the study, published in Internal Medicine Journal, had limitations, it was in line with other studies. Research had already linked childhood leukemia with living near high-voltage lines, but this study focused on adults. The lines gave off electromagnetic fields.

The Mercury, 21/8/2007, p. 9

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