434Familial / Powerlines
- Mar 2, 1998Hello all,
Here are two articles:
1) Familial Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
2) Powerlines given the all clear (Australia)
Side note on number 1: I am really interested in anyone out there who
has/had a family member who has/had NHL. Please let me know your thoughts
and your relation to the other NHL patient. Janice's father had brain
cancer followed by NHL, he was in his early 40's when he died about 18
years ago. I would like to document how many people (155 of us) on here
have a link somewhere else in their family. Please let me know if anonymity
is an issue.
On the CBS evening news tonight, a short bit on cancer vaccines was
presented. Cancer vaccines are gaining momentum. It mentioned melanoma,
breast, prostate and one other cancer, nothing on lymphoma directly.
Thanks for your time,
Leuk Lymphoma 1997 Nov;27(5-6):503-507
Familial Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: different
patterns in first-degree relatives.
Siebert R, Louie D, Lacher M, Schluger A, Offit K
Department of Human Genetics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY, USA.
[Medline record in process]
In order to evaluate the importance of genetic susceptibility in Hodgkin's
disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) we retrospectively analysed
31 families with lymphoma in first-degree relatives containing a
total of 65 affected persons. We observed 20 HD/HD, 8 NHL/HD and 8
NHL/NHL pairs with median ages of diagnosis of 27, 36 and 48 years,
respectively (p < 0.001). In HD/HD sib pairs were predominant in contrast to
parent/child pairs in NHL/NHL (p = 0.04). There was a higher frequency of
diseases with impaired immune function in NHL/NHL than in other pairs (p =
0.01). Comparison of ages and times of incidence of the pairs as
well as sex-concordance rates are consistent with an age-specific genetic
susceptibility to HD, but suggest a time-specific exposure in some
NHL-prone families with or without compromised immune function.
PMID: 9477132, UI: 98135999
From the: "Sydney Morning Herald"
Monday, March 2, 1998
Powerlines given the all clear: report (4pm)
Research has found there is no scientific evidence that overhead
powerlines caused cancer, according to a study commissioned by a power
association. The 18-month study, funded by the Electricity Supply
Association of Australia and undertaken by scientists around Australia,
showed there was no evidence linking lymphoma, cancer of the white blood
cells to overhead powerlines.
Professor Tony Basten, executive director of Sydney's Centenary
Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology at the Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital, said the study exposed hundreds of mice carrying a gene which
caused lymphoma to electromagnetic fields for 20 hours a day for 18 months.
"The highest dose exceeded exposure levels below high voltage
powerlines by a factor of 100," Professor Basten said. "There was no
difference in the lymphoma rate between the exposed mice and non-exposed
Professor Basten insisted the study was independent despite being
funded by the association.
In a study undertaken last year by the same group, the connection
between lymphoma and radio frequency fields emitted by digital mobile
phones, found there was a doubling in the incidence, he said. - Australian
*Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) is 11 hours ahead of
Greenwich Mean Time.