Magnetic fields are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible cause of cancer, particularly for childhood leukemia. However, experts agree that there may be other explanations for the potential link between exposure to EMF and childhood leukemia. Find out more about how cancer-causing substances are classified.
Over the past 25 years, there have been more than 100 studies published on the relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and cancer risk.
Researchers haven’t found a conclusive relationship between exposure to EMF (at levels normally found at work, home or in the environment) and an increased risk of most cancers in adults or children. But there does appear to be a higher risk of childhood leukemia when EMF exposure is higher than levels normally found in the environment.