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It is known that childhood leukaemia appears more frequently in certain places, for example near nuclear power stations. In this paper the results of nine papers on the frequency of leukaemia by the epidemiologist L J Kinlen are described.

Kinlen's observations led to the conclusion that the frequency of childhood leukaemia and of NH-lymphoma increased significantly in places to which a high number of persons had migrated, especially if the parents of the children affected were well paid. This was observed also in places far away from nuclear power stations and in the period before these were introduced to Great Britain. This leads to the hypothesis that viruses, which spread as a result to population movements, cause leukaemia and NH-lymphoma. .

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Authors: PENKUHN H, JRC Ispra (IT);WIDER H, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17708 DE (1998) 20pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-0332-785818
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