Society News Archive

7 May 2002

A press release by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that a long-term study of U.S. Navy veterans found little increased disease risk associated with exposure to radar. The report, "Radar Exposure Has Little Effect on Mortality of Korean War Veterans," is published in the May issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The press release states that, in general, no consistent epidemiologic or laboratory associations of low-energy radiation with cancer have been shown. The release also states that "health effects of electromagnetic fields associated with power lines and household applicances are largely negative. Studies looking at the effect of cellular telephones on brain tumors and leukemia have found no increased risk."