Use of Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer Risk in Children?
Use of mobile phones among children and adolescents has steeply increased over the last decade and this has raised concerns about a potential increased brain tumor risk in this age group from radiofrequency electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phones. Until now, only one multi-center case-control study and various incidence rate time trend analyses have addressed the issue. Overall these data do not suggest an increased brain tumor risk from using mobile phones. However, some uncertainties remain with respect to heavy mobile phone use, with early life exposure, with rare histological subtypes or with longer latencies and subsequent development of brain tumors in adulthood. In this special situation, with a steep increase in exposure prevalence (mobile phone use), the availability of virtually complete cancer registry data in various countries, and the limited number of known other environmental co-risk factors, result of incidence time trends analyses are considered more informative than in many other situations. Thus, further monitoring of childhood brain tumor incidence rate time trends is warranted given the dramatic public health consequences of even a small individual risk increase.
KeywordsBrain Tumor Mobile Phone Childhood Brain Tumor Cordless Phone Mobile Phone Handset
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