Mobile phone use and risk of glioma in adults: a UK case-control study

The University of Manchester, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
BMJ (online) (Impact Factor: 17.45). 05/2006; 332(7546):883-7. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.38720.687975.55
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ABSTRACT To investigate the risk of glioma in adults in relation to mobile phone use.
Population based case-control study with collection of personal interview data.
Five areas of the United Kingdom.
966 people aged 18 to 69 years diagnosed with a glioma from 1 December 2000 to 29 February 2004 and 1716 controls randomly selected from general practitioner lists.
Odds ratios for risk of glioma in relation to mobile phone use.
The overall odds ratio for regular phone use was 0.94 (95% confidence interval 0.78 to 1.13). There was no relation for risk of glioma and time since first use, lifetime years of use, and cumulative number of calls and hours of use. A significant excess risk for reported phone use ipsilateral to the tumour (1.24, 1.02 to 1.52) was paralleled by a significant reduction in risk (0.75, 0.61 to 0.93) for contralateral use.
Use of a mobile phone, either in the short or medium term, is not associated with an increased risk of glioma. This is consistent with most but not all published studies. The complementary positive and negative risks associated with ipsilateral and contralateral use of the phone in relation to the side of the tumour might be due to recall bias.

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    • "2183 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are grateful to all the patients and individuals for their participation and we also thank the clinicians and other hospital staff, cancer registries and study staff in respective centres who contributed to the blood sample and data collection. For the UK GWA study, we acknowledge the participation of the clinicians and other hospital staff, cancer registries, study staff and funders who contributed to the blood sample and data collection for this study as listed in Hepworth et al (2006). MD Anderson acknowledges the work on the USA GWA study of Phyllis Adatto, Fabian Morice, "
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