SCIENCE: Cellphones & Cordless Phones Up Risk for Glioma


Volume 19, Issue 4, September 2012, Pages 243–252

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We performed two case–control studies on brain tumours diagnosed during 1 January 1997 to 30 June 2000 and 1 July 2000 to 31 December 2003, respectively. Living cases and controls aged 20–80 years were included. An additional study was performed on deceased cases with a malignant brain tumour using deceased controls. Pooled results for glioma yielded for ipsilateral use of mobile phone odds ratio (OR) = 2.9, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.8–4.7 in the >10 years latency group. The corresponding result for cordless phone was OR = 3.8, 95% CI = 1.8–8.1. OR increased statistically significant for cumulative use of wireless phones per 100 h and per year of latency. For high-grade glioma ipsilateral use of mobile phone gave OR = 3.9, 95% CI = 2.3–6.6 and cordless phone OR = 5.5, 95% CI = 2.3–13 in the >10 years latency group. Heredity for brain tumour gave OR = 3.4, 95% CI = 2.1–5.5 for glioma. There was no interaction with use of wireless phones. X-ray investigation of the head gave overall OR = 1.3, 95% CI = 1.1–1.7 for glioma without interaction with use of wireless phones or heredity. In conclusion use of mobile and cordless phone increased the risk for glioma with highest OR for ipsilateral use, latency >10 years and third tertile of cumulative use in hours. In total, the risk was highest in the age group <20 years for first use of a wireless phone.


► Use of both mobile phones and cordless phones increased the risk for glioma. ► The risk increased statistically significant per 100 h of cumulative use and per year of latency. ► Heredity for glioma and X-ray investigations of the head increased the risk. ► There was no interaction between use of wireless phones and heredity or X-ray investigations of the head.


  • Brain tumours;
  • Glioma;
  • Mobile phone;
  • Cordless phone;
  • Risk factors;
  • Interaction

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