Does mobile phone use cause cancer? The Australian Mobile Phone Safety Study

Monique Femia Kilkenny, Julianne Brown, Bruce K Armstrong

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Abstract

Increasing rates of mobile phone use are causing concern at possible health effects of the radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (RF) they produce. Epidemiological studies have shown an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions near to the time a driver has started a mobile phone conversation. Several studies of brain and acoustic nerve tumour have not shown any overall increase in risk with mobile phone use, but there have been inconsistent increases in risk for tumours located near the ear usually used for mobile phone conversations. The small numbers of longterm, heavy users of mobile phones studied to date, the comparatively short interval since mobile phones began to be used substantially, and generally weak and un-validated measures of mobile phone use limit the reassurance from these studies. Ausphone and studies in 12 other countries using the same protocol have been designed to overcome these weaknesses and to give substantial power to detect quite small increases in risk of tumours in people who began mobile phone use more than 8 years ago.Ausphone addresses risk of brain and acoustic nerve tumours and parotid gland cancer by way of a case-control study design and will collect data over the four years 2001/2002 to 2004/2005 and report finally in late 2005. Its first two years of data wiIJ be included in a combined analysis of international studies, which should be published by the end of 2004.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14 - 18
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Epidemiologist
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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