INTERPHONE Study Results - Mobile phones and Brain Tumour Risk (May 2010)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published the results of the INTERPHONE combined analysis for glioma and meningioma and found overall no increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phone use.
In announcing the results for glioma and meningioma, Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said:
"An increased risk of brain cancer is not established from the data from INTERPHONE. However, observations at the highest level of cumulative call time and the changing patterns of mobile phone use since the period studied by INTERPHONE, particularly in young people, mean that further investigation of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk is merited.'"
The INTERPHONE researchers conclude:
“Overall, no increase in risk of glioma or meningioma was observed with use of mobile phones. There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma at the highest exposure levels, but biases and error prevent a causal interpretation. The possible effects of long-term heavy use of mobile phones require further investigation.”
The INTERPHONE study will continue with publication of additional analyses of mobile phone use and tumours of the acoustic nerve and parotid gland. It is expected this analysis will be completed before May 2011.