29 out of 123 children with acute lymphatic leukemia (16 of whom died) were in the inner ring of municipalities nearest the television towers, and 94 cases (34 of whom died) occurred in the outer, more-distant ring. There was a significant difference in survival rates between the 2 groups. The 5-year survival in the inner ring of municipalities was 55 %, and in the outer ring was 71 % (i.e., subjects in the inner ring were 23 % less likely to survive than those in the outer ring); at 10 years, survival in the inner and outer rings was 33 % and 62 %, respectively. The authors concluded that there was an association between residential proximity to the television towers and decreased survival among cases of childhood leukemia in North Sydney, Australia.
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