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Do adverse health trends correlate with the research into Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?

Chapter 2 Part b – Brain Cancer

Sarah Benson - 04/09/09

Brain cancer

Professor Jillian Birch of Manchester University said in 2001 that cancers such as brain tumours and leukaemia are on a sharp rise in children.

In 2008 another Swedish study by Leif Salford found that mobile-phone exposure caused brain damage in lab rats. They found damage to neurons in rat brains exposed to radiation from mobile phones, saying radiation from GSM mobile phones, which are prevalent around the world, was associated with leakage in the blood-brain barrier. [i]

The number of brain tumour cases in the US and Europe has increased by up to 40% in 20 years to 2003, according to data released at a medical conference in Italy in 2003.[ii] The incidence rate for brain tumours is increasing among people of all ages, but males between 20 and 40 years old are the most affected, according to Dr. Alba Brandes, an oncologist at the Azienda-Ospedale in Padua. "The latest epidemiological studies indicate that white collar workers--intellectuals and professionals--are among the most affected," he said. "The reason is still unknown, though environmental causes such as cellular phones, computers and exposure to electromagnetic fields cannot be ruled out."

  • In Qatar, a developing country, scientists found a slight rise in brain tumours between 2004 and 2005[iii].
  • In Melbourne in 2006 seven people at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) developed brain tumours two floors underneath transmitting antennas. They had been working there for ten years.
  • In 2006 Hardell also found that "for all studied phone types an increased risk for brain tumours, mainly acoustic neuroma and malignant brain tumours."[iv]
  • In 2007 the Swiss Federal Agency for Environment issued a report that said: "it has to be generally regarded as possible that intensive long-term use of mobile telephones could to an increased risk of brain tumours."[v]
  • Also in 2007 officials in Belgium and Germany called for a ban on mobile phone use by children under 16, due to the ongoing evidence of harm. Some doctors in Vienna are displaying warning notices in their surgeries.[vi]
  • In January 2007 the International Journal of Cancer published a study that found a higher incidence of brain tumours on the same side of the head the phone was used after ten or more years of exposure,[vii] and in 2007 a meta-analysis by Swedish researcher Hardell published on the Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine website also found that the long term risk of such tumours was two-and-a-half times higher than would normally be expected.[viii]
  • In Finland researchers showed that using a mobile phone decreased blood flow in the brain.[ix]
  • An Italian study found that mobile phones temporarily excite the neurons in the part of the brain closest to the phone.[x]
  • In September 2008 a new study by Lennart Hardell from the University Hospital in Orebro in Sweden found that mobile use increases cancer risk in children. It reports that "children who use mobile phones are five times more likely to develop brain tumours than those who don’t." Professor Hardell recommends the implementation of the precautionary principle.

At a forum in November 2008 run by the Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research, Professor Bruce Armstrong, head of Public Health at Sydney University concluded that the results in so far from the Interphone study would indicate that the Precautionary Principle should be implemented in the case of children and mobile phones.

Over 40 studies [show] that cell phone frequencies [mirror] the biological and epidemiological studies for EMR over the past four decades. This includes…increased brain cancer. I predict a significant increase in brain tumours in younger groups than normal from the use of mobiles.

Dr Neil Cherry[xi]

In 2009 two neurosurgeons in Australia, Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney and Dr Vini Khurana in Canberra, publicly stated that they are finding a brain tumour epidemic, and that young children are also presenting with brain cancer. They both attribute the epidemic to mobile phone use. Dr Teo replied to a direct question on this on ABC TV: "Personally, I think there probably is. There’s an association, and the association is quite compelling…we know that EMR – electromagnetic radiation – is going to take at least 10 years to create brain tumours and probably longer, 15 to 20 years. So if you pull out studies that have followed patients for more than 10 years it becomes really, really compelling, that link."

In April 2009 the Office of National Statistics in Britain announced that brain tumours were the leading cause of childhood deaths in Britain, and that more money was needed for brain tumour research. This coincided with the launch of Brain Tumour Research - a coalition of 14 charities which believe that "research is woefully under funded. Kevin O’Neill, a consultant neurosurgeon at Imperial College London, said: "Brain tumours are on the increase….in my unit we have seen the number of cases nearly double in the past year."[xii]

Symptoms of reduced immune system competence, cardiac problems, especially of the arrhythmic type and cancers, especially brain tumour and leukaemia are probable.[xiii]

Dr Neil Cherry, 2000.

The Interphone project is a multi-national series of epidemiological studies testing whether using mobile phones increases the risk of various cancers in the head and neck. The project comprises national studies from 13 different countries, which are coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It found that "people who use mobile phones for more than ten years have nearly 40 per cent chance of developing brain tumours on the side of the head against which they hold their phones". The German team reported a 2.2-fold increase in the incidence of glioma tumours amongst those who had used a mobile phone for at least ten years. [xiv] teams from Denmark, Sweden and the UK have already reported their results, which some observers interpret as indicating a long term risk. This study has become extremely controversial, with scientists from the 13 countries involved feuding as to how to interpret the results. It is generally regarded that the results will embarrass the IARC.

[i] Salford, L., Cognitive impairment in rats after long-term exposure to GSM-900 mobile phone radiation.
Bioelectromagnetics 2008; 29(3):219-32.

[ii] Oncolink Cancer News, 2003: Brain tumour incidence on the rise in U.S. and Europe.

[iii] Salahaldin and Bener, 2006: International Tinnitus Journal, 12(2):145-8.

[iv] Hardell, L., et al; 2006: Tumour risk associated with use of cellular telephones or cordless desktop telephones. World Journal of Surg Oncology, 11. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-4-74.

[v] Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscapes, 2005: Electrosmog in the Environment.

[vi] EMR and Health: 2006 Vol 2, No 1 & 2.

[vii] Lahkola et al, 2005: Mobile phone use and risk of acoustic neuroma: results of the Interphone case-control study in five North European countries, British Journal of Cancer, 93 (7): 842 - 848

[viii] Hardell, L., et al, 2007: Long-term use of cellular phones and brain tumours - increased risk associated with use for > 10 years, Occupational Environ Med. Published Online First: doi:10.1136/oem.2006.029751.

[ix] Aalto, S et al: 2006. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab,

[x] Rossinin, P., et al: 2006, Annals of Neurology,

[xi] Cherry, N., 2000: Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The Implications for the Epidemiology of Cancer, Cardiac, Neurological and Reproductive Effects.

[xii] Davies, Caroline: The Guardian: child cancer deaths led by brain tumours, 26 April 2009.

[xiii] Ibid.

[xiv] Microwave News, January 2006.

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