ABSTRACT: Electric Blanket or Mattress Cover Use and Breast Cancer
Incidence in Women 50-79 Years of Age
Epidemiology 2001 November;12(6):613-617.
Copyright 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Electric Blanket or Mattress Cover Use and Breast Cancer Incidence
in Women 50-79 Years of Age
Jane A. McElroy1; Polly A. Newcomb1,2; Patrick L. Remington1;
Kathleen M. Egan3; Linda Titus-Ernstoff4; Amy Trentham-Dietz1;
John M. Hampton1; John A. Baron4; Meir J. Stampfer3,5,6; Walter
From the 1University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Madison, WI; 2Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle,
WA; 3Departments of Epidemiology and 6Nutrition, Harvard School
of Public Health, Boston, MA; 4Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; and 5Channing Laboratory, Department
of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital,
Previous research has demonstrated inconsistent associations between
electromagnetic radiation, especially from electric blanket use,
and breast cancer. Breast cancer risk according to electric blanket
or mattress cover use was examined as part of a multicenter population-based
Breast cancer patients 50-79 years of
age (N = 1949) were identified from statewide tumor registries
in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin from the period
June 1994 to July 1995. Women of similar age were randomly selected
from population lists as controls.
Information regarding electric
blanket and mattress cover use and breast cancer risk factors
was obtained through telephone interviews.
After adjustment for
age, body mass index, and other breast cancer risk factors, the
risk of breast cancer was similar among ever-users (relative
risk = 0.93; 95% confidence interval = 0.82-1.06)
and lower among current users than among never-users (relative
risk = 0.79; 95% confidence interval = 0.66-0.95).
There was no evidence of a dose-response relation with increasing
number of months that electric blankets had been used.
provides evidence against a positive association between electric
blanket or mattress cover use and breast cancer.
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