Increased incidence of cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station.
Published in: Int J Canc Prev 2004; 1 (2): 123-128
Journal partially peer-reviewed/unclear
Aim of study (acc. to author)
A study was conducted in Israel to determine whether the incidence
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.
Endpoint/type of risk estimation
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
patients living in area A for at least 3-7 years
July 1997 - June 1998
medical clinic, Hasharon Region, Kupat Holim, Israel
Statistical analysis method:
Conclusion (acc. to author)
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
and living in proximity to a mobile phone base station
Limitations (acc. to author)
period of less than 2 years was very short.