[RFI] CFLs and UV myth

Hare, Ed W1RFI w1rfi at arrl.org
Wed Feb 25 14:43:08 EST 2009

A good article that explains the issues with the study is at:


The ARRL web page on RF safety, http://www.arrl.org/rfsafety, has some
good information on the subject.

The most interesting point is that in the study, although a slight
increased risk of two forms of cancer was seen, the average age of death
of the Amateurs was about 10 years greater than the median age of death
in the US.

I have never seen a single person that claims that the study proves that
RF can cause cancer also claim that it proves that RF makes people live
longer. :-)

Ed Hare, W1RFI
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Doug Rehman [mailto:doug at k4ac.com] 
>Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 2:10 PM
>To: 'RFI List'
>Subject: Re: [RFI] CFLs and UV myth
>We are perhaps wandering a bit far afield, but I guess the RF 
>Interference could be with carbon based life?
>Unfortunately the link is only to the abstract of the study. 
>The abstract makes no mention of whether there was any 
>consideration given for the occupational exposure of the hams; 
>it also makes no mention of the activity level of the hams. I 
>know a lot of hams who are inactive. Since no mention of 
>considerations is mentioned, along with the amount of work 
>that would have been required to conduct a scientifically 
>valid study, I suspect it is just more junk "science".
>We can thank the academic community's publish or perish 
>mentality, coupled with the media's continual need for 
>headlines, for much of the junk science articles.
>> On Feb 25, 2009, Michael Coslo wrote:
>> A cite:
>> Increased mortality in amateur radio operators due to lymphatic and 
>> hematopoietic malignancies.
>> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3422125
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