New Zealand - risk of brain tumours has not changed significantly with increased mobile phone use
The risk of brain tumours has not changed significantly with increased mobile phone use, according to new research from the University of Auckland.
In a paper just published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, on the trends in primary brain cancer incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010, research led by cancer epidemiologist, Professor Mark Elwood, showed no general increase in brain tumours.
The results of the research state;
“No consistent increases in all primary brain cancer, glioma, or temporal or parietal lobe glioma were seen. At ages 10–69, the incidence of all brain cancers declined significantly. Incidence of glioma increased at ages over 70”
The researchers conclude;
“In New Zealand, there has been no consistent increase in incidence rates of primary brain cancers. An increase in glioma at ages over 70 is likely to be due to improvements in diagnosis. As with any such studies, a small effect, or one with a latent period of more than 10 to 15 years, cannot be excluded”