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New study on 50 Hz magnetic fields and cancer

Italian cancer study founds promotional effects in rats that received a single dose of gamma radiation and were exposed for their lifetime to low-dose power frequency magnetic fields.

The research team headed by Fiorella Belpoggi found in its large-scale animal study promotional effects for three tumour types when the animals (rats) received a single dose of Gamma Radiation (0.1 Gy) and were exposed to 50 Hz magnetic fields (20 Microtesla, 1 Millitesla) for their entire lifetime.

The Group intends to publish additional results concerning co-exposure of 50 Hz EMF and a carinogenic chemical. 

  • Morando Soffritti et al. (2016): Carcinogenic effects on Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to ELF MF from prenatal life until natural death and to 0.1 Gy γ radiation delivered in a single acute exposure at 6 weeks of Age. International Journal of Radiation Biology, doi: 10.3109/09553002.2016.1144942.