EMF Exposure Study Rules Out 'Causing' Cancer, Finds 'Association' With Leukemia Puzzling but Real

Charles Marwick
JAMA. 1996;276(21):1705-1706. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540210013006.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


THERE IS NO conclusive evidence that exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMF) at the levels that occur in residences can cause cancer or have adverse neurobehavioral or reproductive and developmental effects. So states a report released at the end of October, Possible Health Effects of Residential Electric and Magnetic Fields, the result of a 3-year study by a 16-member committee of the National Research Council.

Nevertheless, the report says, there remains unexplained a "weak but statistically significant" association between high levels of exposure to EMF and childhood leukemia—the observation made 20 years ago that triggered public concern over the issue.

Congress requested the study, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, in response to widespread concern that exposure to the EMF produced by nearby power lines outside and electric appliances inside homes, schools, and public buildings may pose a risk to health. The issue was first raised 17 years


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.