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Invited Commentary: Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer in Railway Workers


Savitz, David A. (2001). Invited Commentary: Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer in Railway Workers. American Journal of Epidemiology, 153(9), 836-838.


The ideal study of occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields and cancer risk would have a clear exposure source, historically stable exposures, and comparable groups of exposed and unexposed workers. Cohorts of railway workers have marked exposure contrasts and limited job changes and provide marginally adequate study sizes, but there have been important changes in their exposures over time, and the field frequency involved is unusual. The results of Minder and Pfluger's study (Am J Epidemiol 2001;153:825--35) add modest support for an association between electromagnetic field exposure and leukemia. However, given the large size and high quality of a number of previous studies of occupational electromagnetic field exposure and cancer, additional studies similar to past ones are unlikely to yield important new insights.


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American Journal of Epidemiology


Savitz, David A.