Children who are in the vicinity of overhead power transmission lines live may have from one to about two times more likely to get leukemia than other children. This is evident from a new study of the Dutch Health council.
In the Netherlands are approximately 135 children per year, leukemia or blood cancer. Every two years would be one case of child leukemia may be associated with the proximity of power lines.
‘Exposure to magnetic fields the lines generate would be responsible for this, although other (unknown) factors or chance cannot be ruled out. The risk of child leukemia seems to estimate with a factor of 1.2 increase in children who are within about 50 metres of a surface elektriciteitslijn live’, says the council.
According to the report, underground power lines and transformer houses, where also the electromagnetic fields come from, may also be harmful for the health.