Scientists have discovered a link between electric blanket use and cancer of the womb, after conducting studies on 90,000 women who used them. The study found that 1,500 women developed a tumour of the womb known as endometrial cancer. It seems that women who use electric blankets regularly raise their risk of contracting womb cancer by more than a third. Apparently researchers believe that the blankets expose women to low levels of electromagnetic radiation which inhibits the production of melatonin, a cancer fighting chemical. Melatonin is also thought to protect women from high levels of oestrogen, a major risk factor for cancers of the ovaries, breast and womb. Cancer Research UK stated that the findings should be treated with caution.
The results of the study also add to the controversy over whether electromagnetic fields in the home are dangerous. However scientists say that in most households, the blankets are the biggest source of electromagnetic radiation and women who use them for 20 years or more have a significantly increased risk of developing endometrial cancer. Frightening news.