Epidemiological evidence for a health risk from mobile phone base stations

V. G Khurana, L Hardell, Joris Everaert, A Bortkiewicz, M Carlberg, M Ahonen

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    Abstract

    Human populations are increasingly exposed to microwave/radiofrequency (RF) emissions from wireless communication technology, including mobile phones and their base stations. By searching PubMed, we identified a total of 10 epidemiological studies that assessed for putative health effects of mobile phone base stations. Seven of these studies explored the association between base station proximity and neurobehavioral effects and three investigated cancer. We found that eight of the 10 studies reported increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances from base stations. None of the studies reported exposure above accepted international guidelines, suggesting that current guidelines may be inadequate in protecting the health of human populations. We believe that comprehensive epidemiological studies of longterm mobile phone base station exposure are urgently required to more definitively understand its health impact. Key words: base stations; electromagnetic field (EMF); epidemiology; health effects; mobile phone; radiofrequency (RF); electromagnetic radiation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)263-267
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Thematic list

    • Policy
    • Society
    • Environment
    • Space

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B680-public-health
    • B680-epidemiology
    • B700-environmental-medicine

    Policy

    • health services

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