Do Computers or Computer Monitors Cause Cancer or Leukemia?


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Studies on the extremely low frequency radiation from computers, computer monitors and other electrical devices have not shown a link to cancer or leukemia in adults, states the American Cancer Society. Children might have a small increase in the risk of leukemia.

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Since almost everyone is exposed to ELF radiation, studies compare those who are exposed to smaller amounts to those who are exposed to larger amounts, reports the American Cancer Society. These studies also distinguish between ELF radiation from magnetic fields and ELF radiation from electrical fields. Studies of lab animals and human adults show no connection between ELF radiation from any source and cancer, but measuring long-term exposure is difficult. Exposure to ELF magnetic fields may increase the risk of leukemia in children but not other types of cancers.

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