Mobile phones: IARC global report confirms the dangers

The International Agency for Research on Cancer publishes in an interim report of the major Interphone study information confirming the risks of an increase in cancer cases linked to the use of mobile phones. Cancer by cancer, the first studies clearly indicate that the danger is proven for certain cancers.

The INTERPHONE study, set up worldwide to determine whether the use of mobile phones increases the risk of cancer and, specifically, whether radio-frequency radiation emitted by mobile phones is carcinogenic, is approaching its conclusion.

Specific studies have been carried out according to the types of cancer: acoustic neuroma, glioma, meningioma and tumors of the parotid gland. The studies, which used a common protocol were carried out in Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom and in Sweden.

This study brings together approximately 2600 gliomas, 2300 meningiomas, 1100 acoustic neuromas, 400 parotid gland tumors and their respective controls. This is by far the largest epidemiological study of these tumors to date.

The significant increase in certain cancers proven

For gliomas, the pooling of data from Scandinavian countries and part of the United Kingdom revealed a significantly increased risk of glioma in relation to the use of mobile phones for a period of 10 years or more from side of the head where the tumor has grown.

For meningioma, most national studies have provided little evidence of an increased risk. The insufficient number of long-term users and intensive users prevents concluding definitively on a possible association between the use of mobile phones and the risk of these tumours.

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For acoustic neuroma, pooled analyzes of data from Scandinavian countries and the United Kingdom showed a significantly increased risk of acoustic neuroma associated with durations of use of ten years or more of the side of the tumor.

For tumors of the parotid gland, no increased risk was observed

globally for any exposure measure studied. However, in the Israeli study, where subjects tended to report much more intense cell phone use, the results suggest a relationship between heavy cell phone use and the risk of parotid gland tumors. .


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