Dutch Health Council: No link between mobile phones and brain tumours
The Dutch Health Council, which advises the Dutch government on public health issues, has recently examined a possible link between mobile phones and the occurrence of brain tumours. In an extensive report dated June 3, 2013, the Committee on Electromagnetic Fields of the Dutch Health Council advises the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment. Based on epidemiological data from a multitude of studies from various countries the Committee examined whether there is evidence of ‘a causal relationship between exposure to radio frequency fields from mobile phones and the occurrence of tumours in the brains and various other tissues in the head (such as meninges, the auditory nerve and the salivary glands)’.
On the basis of a systematic analysis the Commission found that, despite extensive research, it is still undecided whether there is a link between the use of a mobile phone and an increased risk of the occurrence of tumours in the brains and other parts of the head. "There is," says the Commission, "some weak and inconsistent evidence of a link between long term intensive use of a mobile phone and an increase in the incidence of glioma. Such evidence could be explained by various forms of bias and chance, but it cannot be excluded that there is a causal link. The evidence for an increased risk for other tumours, including meningioma and acoustic neuroma, is much weaker or missing entirely. Therefore, based on the epidemiological data described in this report, and taking into account the quality and the strengths and weaknesses of the different studies, the final conclusion of this systematic analysis is as follows: there is no clear and consistent evidence of an increased risk for tumours in the brains or in other parts of the head related to the use of a mobile phone during a period of 13 years or less, however, such a risk can also not be excluded. Over prolonged use, nothing can be said."
It may be noted that this is a review study, which means that the results of several scientific studies have been analysed. In other countries, review investigation led to different conclusions, possibly because other studies had been included in the analysis there. -Read more