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11) How could laboratory studies be used to help evaluate the possible relationship between static magnetic fields and cancer?




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This article is from the Static Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer FAQ, by John Moulder jmoulder@its.mcw.edu and the Medical College of Wisconsin with numerous contributions by others.

11) How could laboratory studies be used to help evaluate the possible relationship between static magnetic fields and cancer?

When epidemiological evidence for a causal relationship is weak to non-
existent, as in the case of static magnetic fields and cancer,
laboratory studies would have to provide very strong evidence for
carcinogenicity in order to tip the balance.

Laboratory evidence that static magnetic fields might be carcinogenic
would be evidence that these fields directly damage the genetic material
of cells (genotoxicity) or evidence that they increase the chance that a
genotoxin would cause cancer (epigenetic activity).

 

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