Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Tumor promotion in a breast cancer model by exposure to a weak alternating magnetic field. med./bio.

Published in: Cancer Lett 1993; 71 (1-3): 75-81

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To determine if a weak alternating magnetic field (MF) exposure exerts tumor promoting or co-promoting effects in a rat breast cancer model. The chemical carcinogen DMBA was used to induce mammary tumors.

Background/further details

DMBA (5mg/rat) was given at the onset of exposure and therafter at weekly intervals up to a total does of 20 mg/rat.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: 24 h/d, 7 d/week for 91 days

General information

Female rats were divided into two groups of 99 rats and were housed 9 rats per cage.

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
Exposure duration 24 h/d, 7 d/week for 91 days
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Chamber 6 exposure chamber (three for MF exposure and the other three for sham exposure); Acrylic cages/ 390 mm x 550 mm x 220 mm.
Setup Each rat recieved 5 mg of dimethylbenz(a)anthracene dissolved in sesame oil (1ml/rat) and was placed into its home cage into the exposure chamber.
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 100 µT unspecified measured - -
electric field strength 40 V/m minimum measured - 100 V/m max value.

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Investigated organ system:
  • breast
Time of investigation:
  • during exposure
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

Magnetic field exposed rats exhibited statistically significantly more tumors than sham-exposed animals. The tumor size as estimated by palpation was significantly larger in exposed animals 13 weeks after DMBA application. However, the mean number of tumors per tumor-bearing rat did not differ. The results of this study demonstrate that MF exposure in this DMBA rat model promotes the growth and increases the inzidence of mammary tumors.

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