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"Brain cancer linked to mobile phone usage"

An article in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday 9th May 2015 reported that "A 2008 study found a fivefold increase in the risk of glioma (a form of brain cancer now recognised by the World Health Organisation as being linked to mobile phone usage) for those starting mobile phone use under 20 years of age ..." In fact the study did not investigate children’s mobile phone use and was too small to draw any reliable conclusions. 

Dr Mireille B. Toledano, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London:

“This study did not specifically investigate children’s mobile phone use, it was conducted in adults aged 20-80 years. The study relied on self-reported information on mobile phone use. However, we know that people with brain tumours or their relatives might recall usage differently to people who are healthy. This is called recall bias and can make interpretation of study findings very difficult. The findings were based on a very small number of cases and controls which means there is considerable uncertainty in the findings. It is not possible to draw reliable conclusions from these data. There is no evidence to date to substantiate the findings of this study.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 13 May 2015

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