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Maggie Hannegan is a Director if Corporate Relations with the American
On Friday Aug. 25th, 2006, she emailed Dr. David O. Carpenter, at the
Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany in New York.
I have permission to pass this very important communication to you.
Dear Dr. Carpenter:
I have been fielding questions from a number of individuals concerned
about cancer and electromagnetic sensitivity and your name came up as a
Obviously, I am not a doctor or health specialist, but due to the fact I
work at ACS I get many questions about cancer and causes of cancer. The
following quote was attributed to you…is this in fact your finding?
“The International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the WHO and
the leading international organisation on the disease – classes the
electromagnetic smog as a “possible human carcinogen”. And Professor
David Carpenter, dean of the School of Public Health at the State
University of New York, told The Independent on Sunday last week that it
was likely to cause up to 30 per cent of all childhood cancers. A report
by the California Health Department concludes that it is also likely to
cause adult leukaemia, brain cancers and possibly breast cancer and
could be responsible for a 10th of all miscarriages”
Dr. Carpenter responded:
The quote is essentially correct. In the Winter, 1988, issue
of Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, I and Dr. Anders Ahlbom
published a short report entitled “Power lines and cancer: Public health
and policy implications.” In that report we calculated on the basis of
the study by Savitz et al. (1988) that if his results applied to the
the rest of the country (his study was only in Denver) that 10-15% of
childhood cancer was caused by power line fields. We also noted that
there are many other sources of exposure to magnetic fields, such as
appliances and exposures in schools etc., and that these exposures
should contribute about equally to those from the power lines. This has
been translated by some to say that up to 30% of all childhood cancer is
due to magnetic fields.
If you use these calculations I would appreciate having them put into the context in which they were proposed. Thanks for your interest.