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Systematic review of wireless phone use and brain cancer and other head tumors

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-206
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


We conducted a systematic review of scientific studies to evaluate whether the use of wireless phones is linked to an increased incidence of the brain cancer glioma or other tumors of the head (meningioma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid gland), originating in the areas of the head that most absorb radiofrequency (RF) energy from wireless phones. Epidemiology and in vivo studies were evaluated according to an agreed protocol; quality criteria were used to evaluate the studies for narrative synthesis but not for meta-analyses or pooling of results. The epidemiology study results were heterogeneous, with sparse data on long-term use (≥10 years). Meta-analyses of the epidemiology studies showed no statistically significant increase in risk (defined as P


  • Brain cancer, Head tumors, Radiofrequency fields, Systematic review, Wireless phones