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Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and some cancers of unknown etiology: An ecological study.

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      Simultaneously with the increase of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (RF-EMF) in recent decades, there has been increasing concern about their potential relation with the etiology of several tumors. At this time, the techniques of spatial data analysis jointly with the study of the personal exposure to these fields offer a new approach to the problem. This paper presents the results of a preliminary epidemiological study, combining Epidemiology, Statistics and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), in which we analyzed the correlation between exposure to RF-EMF in the city of Albacete (166,000 inhabitants, southeast Spain) and the incidence of several cancers with unspecific causes (lymphomas, and brain tumors). We used statistical tools to analyze the spatial point patterns and aggregate data with the aim to study the spatial randomness and to determine the zones with the highest incidence from 95 tumors studied (65 lymphomas, 12 gliomas and 18 meningiomas). We also perform a correlation (Spearman) study between the personal exposure to RF-EMF in 14 frequency bands, recorded by an EME Spy 140 (Satimo) exposimeter in the city's administrative regions, and the incidence of the tumors registered from January 2012 to May 2015. The studied cancer cases have a random spatial distribution inside the city. On the other hand, and by means of an ecological study, we verified that the exposure to RF-EMF registered in the city of Albacete shows little correlation with the incidence of the studied tumors (gliomas (ρ=0.15), meningiomas (ρ=0.19) and lymphomas (ρ=-0.03)). The proposed methodology inaugurates an unexplored analysis path in this field.

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      [1 ] Department of Medical Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. Electronic address: jesus.gonzalez@uclm.es.
      [2 ] Department of Applied Physics, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. Electronic address: enrique.arribas@uclm.es.
      [3 ] Department of Applied Physics, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. Electronic address: raquel.ramirez5@alu.uclm.es.
      [4 ] Department of Applied Physics, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. Electronic address: alberto.najera@uclm.es.
      Journal
      Sci. Total Environ.
      The Science of the total environment
      Elsevier BV
      1879-1026
      0048-9697
      May 09 2017
      : 599-600
      28499231 S0048-9697(17)31114-2 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.018

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