Association between parental occupational exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields and childhood nervous system tumors risk: A meta-analysis

Science of The Total Environment

Volume 642, 15 November 2018, Pages 1406-1414

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.142

Highlights

•A meta-analysis identified 22 studies on parental occupational ELF-MF exposure and risk of childhood nervous system tumors.

•Parental occupational ELF-MF exposure was associated with increased risk of childhood CNS tumors but not neuroblastoma.

•Maternal but not paternal occupational ELF-MF exposure significantly increased risk of childhood CNS tumors.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, our results provide limited evidence for the association between maternal occupational exposure to ELF-MF and increased risk of childhood CNS tumors, which should be explained with cautions. Future studies are needed to further evaluate the association of paternal occupational ELF-MF exposure with risk of childhood CNS tumors.

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