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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does radioactivity and electromagnetic radiation induce cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Does; doesn't: Radioactivity produces ionizing radiation that damages the genes. I would urge you to ignore "pop" / "scare" stories about electromagnetic fields causing cancer. They're based on anecdotes and retrospective questioning which generates junk findings. There's no obvious mechanism and the electricity of your beating heart is a stronger exposure than nearby power lines.
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