Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Mobile phone use and risk of uveal melanoma: results of the risk factors for uveal melanoma case-control study. epidem.

Published in: J Natl Cancer Inst 2009; 101 (2): 120-123

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A case-control study was conducted in Germany to investigate the association between mobile phone use and the risk of uveal melanoma. The findings of a previous study (publication 5146) should be reassessed.

Further details

Regular use of a mobile phone was defined as at least once a week for at least six months.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation: (odds ratio (OR))

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 mobile phone use: never
Group 2 mobile phone use: sporadic
Group 3 mobile phone use: regular
Reference group 4 cumulative years of use: never
Group 5 cumulative years of use: sporadic
Group 6 cumulative years of use: regular ≤ 4 years
Group 7 cumulative years of use: regular 5 - 9 years
Group 8 cumulative years of use: regular ≥ 10 years
Reference group 9 cumulative calls: never
Group 10 cumulative calls: sporadic
Group 11 cumulative calls: regular ≤ 1176
Group 12 cumulative calls: regular > 1176 - ≤ 4350
Group 13 cumulative calls: regular > 4350
Reference group 14 cumulative duration: never
Group 15 cumulative duration: sporadic
Group 16 cumulative duration: regular ≤ 44 h
Group 17 cumulative duration: regular > 44 - ≤ 195 h
Group 18 cumulative duration: regular > 195 h
Reference group 19 regular use ≥ 5 years before reference date: no
Group 20 regular use ≥ 5 years before reference date: yes
Reference group 21 regular use ≥ 10 years before reference date: no
Group 22 regular use ≥ 10 years before reference date: yes

Population

Case group

Control group

Study size

Cases Controls
Eligible 486 -
Participants 459 1,194
Statistical analysis method: (adjustment: )

Conclusion (acc. to author)

No association between mobile phone use and the risk of uveal melanoma was observed. No trend for cumulative measures of exposure was found. The findings of a previous study with lower numbers could not be confirmed.

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