A study was conducted in Israel to determine whether the incidence of cancer cases among individuals exposed to a mobile phone base station is different from that expected in Israel, in Netanya, or as compared to people who lived in a nearby area.
|Reference group 1
|inhabitants of Netanya
|Reference group 2
|persons in area B living in a distance to base station: > 350 m
|persons in area A living in a distance to base station: ≤ 350 m
Of the 622 people of area A, 8 cases of different kinds of cancer were diagnosed in a period of one year (from July 1997 - June 1998). The cancer incidence rate was 129 cases per 10,000 persons per year in area A compared to 16/10,000 in area B and 31/10,000 in the town of Netanya. Relative cancer rates for females were 10.5 for area A, 0.6 for area B and 1 for Netanya.
The authors conclude that the study indicates an association between increased incidence of cancer and living in proximity to a mobile phone base station.
The latency period of less than 2 years was very short.