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Mobile phone use and the risk of skin cancer: a nationwide cohort study in Denmark.

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Source
Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Jul 15;178(2):190-7
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jul-15-2013
Author
Aslak Harbo Poulsen
Søren Friis
Christoffer Johansen
Allan Jensen
Patrizia Frei
Susanne Krüger Kjaear
Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton
Joachim Schüz
Author Affiliation
Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Danish Cancer Society, Strandboulevarden 49, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Aslak@cancer.dk
Source
Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Jul 15;178(2):190-7
Date
Jul-15-2013
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Carcinoma, Basal Cell - epidemiology - etiology
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell - epidemiology - etiology
Cellular Phone - statistics & numerical data - utilization
Denmark - epidemiology
Electromagnetic fields - adverse effects
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Incidence
Male
Melanoma - epidemiology - etiology
Middle Aged
Models, Statistical
Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced - epidemiology - etiology
Poisson Distribution
Radio Waves - adverse effects
Registries
Regression Analysis
Risk factors
Skin Neoplasms - epidemiology - etiology
Abstract
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency radiation as possibly carcinogenic. Previous studies have focused on intracranial tumors, although the skin receives much radiation. In a nationwide cohort study, 355,701 private mobile phone subscribers in Denmark from 1987 to 1995 were followed up through 2007. We calculated incidence rate ratios (IRRs) for melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma by using Poisson regression models adjusted for age, calendar period, educational level, and income. Separate IRRs for head/neck tumors and torso/leg tumors were compared (IRR ratios) to further address potential confounders. We observed no overall increased risk for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma of the head and neck. After a follow-up period of at least 13 years, the IRRs for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma remained near unity. Among men, the IRR for melanoma of the head and neck was 1.20 (95% confidence interval: 0.65, 2.22) after a minimum 13-year follow-up, whereas the corresponding IRR for the torso and legs was 1.16 (95% confidence interval: 0.91, 1.47), yielding an IRR ratio of 1.04 (95% confidence interval: 0.54, 2.00). A similar risk pattern was seen among women, though it was based on smaller numbers. In this large, population-based cohort study, little evidence of an increased skin cancer risk was observed among mobile phone users.
PubMed ID
23788669 View in PubMed
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