Monday, 17 June 2019

Latest evidence shows mobiles are unlikely to cause brain cancer


Mobile phone use is unlikely to cause brain cancer because we would have seen signs of increased rates by now said Dr Maria Feychting, Vice Chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), at a recent workshop on safety standards held in Wollongong.
“By now we would have seen an increase in the incidence of brain tumours – which we do not see,” Dr Feychting said during the workshop on safety standards held in Wollongong late last year.
Also, additional evidence had now emerged which put the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of  radio frequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, in doubt, she said.
There are now several brain tumour incidence studies with longer follow-up periods since the IARC working group evaluated the scientific evidence in 2011, Dr Feychting said during her presentation.
We now have information up until 2012 on the rate of glioma – the most common type of brain tumour – in Sweden and the incidence in men in the age groups most likely to use a mobile phone had not changed significantly, she said.
“These incidence studies were not available by the IARC working group – but now we have more data,” Dr Feychting said.
Although she acknowledged that a link could not be completely ruled out.
“We can’t say for sure that in ten years that there won’t be an increase, because we just don’t know,” Dr Feychting said.
Also the stable trends in brain cancer rates do not support the results of some population studies that indicate a possible link with long term mobile phone use, she said.
“The latest incidence trend studies do not support a causal interpretation of results from some epidemiological case-control studies,” Dr Feychting concluded.
The presentation of all of the speakers at the joint workshop with Australian health authorities on radio frequency health effects and standards are now available online (under the program tab).


Published 7/4/2015

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