International Journal of BioLife Sciences (IJBLS)

Document Type : Review paper

Authors

1 Biology Department, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Damavand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

10.22034/jbs.2022.162487

Abstract

The electricity industry and its use is an integral part of life, and due to that, people are exposed to a complex combination of electric and magnetic fields everywhere. A magnetic field results from the flow of current through electrical device. Electric fields are produced whether or not a device is turned on whereas magnetic field are produced only when current is flowing, which usually requires a device to be turned on. Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. It is caused by genetic, environmental and dietary factors. Electric and magnetic fields are most important environmental factors that may cause cancer. Although there are a number of studies indicating that there is no significant connection between exposure to electric and magnetic fields and cancer and there is no known mechanism by which electric and magnetic fields could damage DNA and cause cancer, some studies have reported a significant association between exposure to electric and magnetic fields and cancer. Today, it is a public concern that whether exposure to household electric appliance, Wi-Fi cell phone base station or radio or television transmitters, and … could increase the risk of cancer in children as well as adults. Indeed, there are few epidemiological studies concerning the effect of electric and magnetic fields on cancer development in human. Despite a body of knowledge obtained from experimental studies on cells, tissues and animals, they could not reveal clearly the association between electric and magnetic fields and cancer.

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