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Systematic review of wireless phone use and brain cancer and other head tumors

Repacholi, M. H. and Lerchl, A. and Röösli, M. and Sienkiewicz, Z. and Auvinen, A. and Breckenkamp, J. and d'Inzeo, G. and Elliott, P. and Frei, P. and Heinrich, S. and Lagroye, I. and Lahkola, A. and McCormick, D. L. and Thomas, S. and Vecchia, P.. (2012) Systematic review of wireless phone use and brain cancer and other head tumors. Bioelectromagnetics : journal of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Vol. 33, H. 3. pp. 187-206.

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Abstract

We conducted a systematic review of scientific studies to evaluate whether the use of wireless phones is linked to an increased incidence of the brain cancer glioma or other tumors of the head (meningioma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid gland), originating in the areas of the head that most absorb radiofrequency (RF) energy from wireless phones. Epidemiology and in vivo studies were evaluated according to an agreed protocol; quality criteria were used to evaluate the studies for narrative synthesis but not for meta-analyses or pooling of results. The epidemiology study results were heterogeneous, with sparse data on long-term use (</=10 years). Meta-analyses of the epidemiology studies showed no statistically significant increase in risk (defined as P > 0.05) for adult brain cancer or other head tumors from wireless phone use. Analyses of the in vivo oncogenicity, tumor promotion, and genotoxicity studies also showed no statistically significant relationship between exposure to RF fields and genotoxic damage to brain cells, or the incidence of brain cancers or other tumors of the head. Assessment of the review results using the Hill criteria did not support a causal relationship between wireless phone use and the incidence of adult cancers in the areas of the head that most absorb RF energy from the use of wireless phones. There are insufficient data to make any determinations about longer-term use (</=10 years). Bioelectromagnetics. (c) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Environmental Exposures and Health > Physical Hazards and Health (Röösli)
UniBasel Contributors:Röösli, Martin and Frei, Patrizia
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Book Review
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Publisher:Wiley-Liss
ISSN:1521-186X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
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