Wolf, R., and Wolf, D. 2004. Increased incidence of cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station. Inter. J. Cancer Prev. 1(2): 123–128. in the article at

Wolf and Wolf (2004) investigated increased cancer incidence in populations living in a small area in Israel exposed to RFR from a cell tower. The antennas were mounted 10 m high, transmitting at 850 MHz and 1500 W at full-power output. People lived within a 350 m half circle of the antennas.

An epidemiologic assessment was done to determine whether the incidence of cancer cases among individuals exposed to the base station in the south section of the city of Netanya called Irus (designated area A) differed from expected cancer rates throughout Israel, and in the town of Netanya in general, as compared with people who lived in a nearby area without a cell tower (designated area B). A comparison of the relative risk revealed that there were 4.15 times more cases in area A than in the entire population.

There were 622 participants in area A who had lived near the cell tower for 3 to 7 years and were patients at one health clinic. The exposure began 1 year before the start of the study when the station first came into service. A second cohort of individuals in area B, with 1222 participants who received medical services at a different clinic located nearby, was used as a control.

Area B was closely matched for environment, workplace, and occupational characteristics. In exposure area A, eight cases of different types of cancer were diagnosed in a period of 1 year, including cancers of the ovary (1), breast (3), Hodgkins lymphoma (1), lung (1), osteoid osteoma (1), and hypernephroma (1). The RFR field measurements were also taken per house and matched to the cancer incidents. The rate of cancers in area A was compared with the annual rate of the general population (31 cases per 10 000) and to incidence for the entire town of Netanya. There were two cancers in area B, compared to eight in area A.

They also examined the history of the exposed cohort (area A) for malignancies in the 5 years before exposure began and found only two cases in comparison to eight cases 1 year after the tower went into service.

The researchers concluded that relative cancer rates for females were 10.5 for area A, 0.6 for area B, and 1.0 for the whole town of Netanya. Cancer incidence in women in area A was thus significantly higher (p <0.0001) compared with that of area B and the whole city. A comparison of the relative risk revealed that there were 4.15 times more cases in area A than in the entire population. The study indicated an association between increased incidence of cancer and living in proximity to a cell phone base station. The measured level of RFR, between 0.3 to 0.5 μW/cm2, was far below the thermal guidelines.

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