Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

[Incidence of cancer adjacent to a mobile telephone basis station in Westfalia] epidem.

Krebsinzidenz von Anwohnern im Umkreis einer Mobilfunksendeanlage in Westfalen - Interview-basierte Piloterhebung und Risikoschätzung

Published in: Umwelt · Medizin · Gesellschaft 2009; 22 (1): 55-60
Journal partially peer-reviewed/peer-review process unclear

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A pilot study was conducted in Hennen, Germany, to investigate the cancer incidence adjacent to a mobile phone base station.

Further details

The mobile phone base station started operating in 1999. The hypothesis that the cancer incidences of the first period (01.01.2000 - 31.12.2004) and the second period (01.01.2005 - 30.06.2007) were similar should be proved. The observed cancer incidence was compared to the expected cancer incidence according to the Cancer Registry Saarland.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:




Study size

Type Value
Total 1,283
Participants 627
Evaluable 575
Statistical analysis method:

Results (acc. to author)

9 cancer cases were observed in the first period 2000 - 2004 and 14 cases in the period 2005 - June 2007 among residents living within a radius of 400 m to a mobile phone base station. The mean age of disease onset was 59.2 years in the first period and 59.3 years in the second period in comparison to the expected value of 66.4 years evaluated from the Saarland Cancer Registry. The authors concluded, that a statistically significant increase of cancer incidence was observed 5 years after the base station has been started operating.

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