March 20, 2012

The Interphone cancer research project has ended - what now?

The latest in mobile radiation news:
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has shut down their 12+ year Interphone Study. That was the $25 million project aimed at studying the effects of mobile radiation on the body, in relation to cancer. Specifically, it was studying four types of tumors: : tumors of the brain (glioma and meningioma), parotid gland and acoustic nerve (schwannoma)."
After over a decade, the final report can be viewed in its 13-page glory here, and it's pretty much inconclusive, as it says more research needs to be done in this area.
The study had been done in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. From the report:

Interphone was the largest case–control study to date investigating risks related to mobile phone use and to other potential risk factors for the tumours of interest and included 2,765 glioma, 2,425 meningioma, 1,121 acoustic neuroma, 109 malignant parotid gland tumour cases and 7,658 controls. In addition to a detailed history of mobile phone use, information was collected on a number of known and potential risk factors for the tumours of interest. Particular attention was paid to estimating the amount and direction of potential recall and participation biases2 and their impact on the study results.

We do hope to see continued research and results from other studies happening internationally.

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