To the Editor: When discussing causes of childhood leukaemia, Ziegler et al stated, “Exposure to electromagnetic fields has been ruled out as playing any significant role”. 1 They cited one large study2 in support of this statement, but overlooked two independent pooled analyses that showed the opposite.
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Advances in childhood leukaemia
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (7): 364-365.
Ziegler DS, Pozza LD, Waters KD, Marshall GM. Advances in childhood leukaemia: successful clinical-trials research leads to individualised therapy. Med J Aust 2005; 182: 78-81.
UK Childhood Cancer Study Investigators. Childhood cancer and residential proximity to power lines. Br J Cancer 2000; 83: 1573-1580.
Greenland S, Sheppard AR, Kaune WT, et al. A pooled analysis of magnetic fields, wire codes, and childhood leukemia. Childhood Leukemia–EMF Study Group. Epidemiology 2000; 11: 624-634.
Ahlbom A, Day N, Feychting M, et al. A pooled analysis of magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia. Br J Cancer 2000; 83: 692-698.
International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC Monographs Volume 80. Static and extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields. Lyon: IARC, 2002. Available at: http://monographs.iarc.fr/htdocs/monographs/vol80/80.html (accessed Feb 2005).
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