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Brain and salivary gland tumors and mobile phone use : evaluating the evidence from various epidemiological study designs

Röösli, Martin and Lagorio, Susanna and Schoemaker, Minouk J. and Schüz, Joachim and Feychting, Maria. (2019) Brain and salivary gland tumors and mobile phone use : evaluating the evidence from various epidemiological study designs. Annual review of public health, 40. pp. 221-238.

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Abstract

Mobile phones (MPs) are the most relevant source of radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure to the brain and the salivary gland. Whether this exposure implies a cancer risk has been addressed in several case-control and few cohort studies. A meta-analysis of these studies does not show increased risks for meningioma, pituitary, and salivary gland tumors. For glioma and acoustic neuroma, the results are heterogeneous, with few case-control studies reporting substantially increased risks. However, these elevated risks are not coherent with observed incidence time trends, which are considered informative for this specific topic owing to the steep increase in MP use, the availability of virtually complete cancer registry data from many countries, and the limited number of known competing environmental risk factors. In conclusion, epidemiological studies do not suggest increased brain or salivary gland tumor risk with MP use, although some uncertainty remains regarding long latency periods (>15 years), rare brain tumor subtypes, and MP usage during childhood.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
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
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Annual Reviews Inc.
ISSN:0163-7525
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:25 Apr 2019 07:44
Deposited On:25 Apr 2019 07:44

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