Exposure of Extremely-Low Frequency Magnetic Field May Cause Human Cancer

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Acta Medica International,2017,4,1,32-39.
Published:November 2016
Type:Original Article

Exposure of Extremely-Low Frequency Magnetic Field May Cause Human Cancer

Daryoush Shahbazi-Gahrouei1, Shahnaz Razavi2, Fereshteh Koosha3, Marzieh Salimi3*

1Professor of Medical Physics at the Department of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering in the School of Medicine of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, IRAN. 

2Professor of Embryology, Department of Anatomical sciences, School of Medicine, Isfahan Univerxsity of Medical Sciences, IRAN.

3PhD candidate of Medical physics at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, IRAN.


Introduction: Chronic exposure of non-ionizing extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF-EMF) is considered as a health hazard due to its adverse effects on human body such as generation of any type of cancer. Stem cells are appropriate models to assess the effects of ELF-EMF on other cell lines and human beings. Materials and methods: Adipose tissue has been known as source of multi potent stromal human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which can be obtained in less invasive method and in large amounts; so adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) were used in this study. Effect of ELF-EMF (intensities of 0.5 and 1 mT and 50 Hz) on proliferation rate of hADSCs was assessed in 20 and 40 min per day for 7 days. Trypan blue assay was performed to assess cell proliferation rate. Result: The results shown that 0.5 and 1 mT magnetic fields can promote the proliferation rate of adipose derived hMSCs according to the duration of exposure. Conclusion: These outcomes could approve the effect of ELF-EMF on cancer induction; although the effective mechanisms in this process are still unknown.