Does staying near overhead power lines cause leukemia in children?

Leukemia is a cancer of blood and bone marrow. Its rather a broad term, in the sense that it can include various sort of cancers originating from blood cells and marrow cells. Generally, children with this disease respond better than adult, to treatment. Various causes are doubted including genes to radiation exposure. One interesting thing which is doubted as a cause of leukemia in children is overhead power lines.

Does leukemia occur to children who stay near over head power lines? The answer according to recent findings is probably no. It may had been true in 1960s or 70s but not any more.

Read an excerpt:

Data on 16,500 children who developed leukaemia in Britain between 1962 and 2008 was analysed.

The paper found no increased leukaemia risk for those living near power lines from the 1980s onwards – but a higher risk did exist in the 1960s and 70s.

The researchers said the findings were “reassuring” but work was being done to understand the historical patterns.

Leukaemia accounts for around a third of all cancers diagnosed in children.

Around 460 new cases of leukaemia are diagnosed in children under the age of 15 each year in Britain.

via BBC News – Power lines: No child leukaemia risk.

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