The Interphone Study: Cancer Risk Related to Mobile Telephone Use : Epidemiology

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ISEE/ISEA 2006 Conference Abstracts Supplement: Symposium Abstracts: Abstracts

The Interphone Study: Cancer Risk Related to Mobile Telephone Use

Cardis, Elisabeth on behalf of the INTERPHONE Study Group

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Symposium Title: Health Effects From Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields From Mobile Telephones

Symposium Organizers: M. Röösli and E. Cardis


A multinational case–control study of tumors of the brain, acoustic nerve, and parotid gland has been conducted using a common core protocol in 13 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) to evaluate the relation between radiofrequency (RF) exposure (and mobile telephone use) and the risk of these tumors. The study was population-based in each country. To maximize the power of finding a risk if it exists, the study mainly focused on tumors in relatively young people (30–59 years of age) who had the highest prevalence of mobile phone use 5 to 10 years ago and on regions within the participating countries with longest and highest use of mobile phones. Cases were ascertained over a 2- to 3-year period. The INTERPHONE Study includes data on approximately 2600 gliomas, 2350 meningiomas, 1100 acoustic neurinomas, 400 parotid gland tumors, and their respective controls. This is by far the largest epidemiologic study of these tumors to date. Results of analyses of mobile telephone use and the risk of glioma, meningioma, and acoustic neurinoma are presented.

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