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Regarding Mobile Phones & Brain Tumours*


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KEY ADVICE of the Webpage Author (see relevant publications listed in the Bibliography, below):

  • Use a landline, speaker-phone mode, hands free car phone, or wired (not wireless) headset whenever possible
  • Texting is OK
  • Do NOT sleep with your mobile phone or your cordless phone (or its cradle) within 1 metre/3 ft of your HEAD
  • CHILDREN are likely to be at increased risk of any negative health effects of mobile phone/wireless technologies
  • Mobile phone TOWERS (base stations) should NOT be located on or near children's daycare facilities and schools, and should be at least 500 metres from residences and other sensitive/populated areas.
  • Electricity/Utility wireless "SMART METERS" should NOT be installed in households and small businesses, and any that have been installed should be removed till proven that their continuous electromagnetic radiation emissions are safe for householders

14 January 2014 (USA):

  • Litigation case No. 0008533-12 is currently being heard in the Superior Court, Washington, D.C.
  • Israel cell phone company Orange settles out of court (March 2013; PDF 2Mb). CLICK HERE
  • Italian Supreme Court rules that a man's brain tumor was causally related to his excessive mobile phone usage (October 2012; PDF 264K). CLICK HERE

10 July 2012 (ROLLOUT OF HOUSEHOLD "SMART METERS" IN AUSTRALIA):

  • The Australian electrical utility company Citipower (Powercor) is currently rolling out "smart meters" in Australian homes. There are public concerns regarding possible health effects that such a device might have via continuous near-field electromagnetic radiation emissions (especially if situated near bed-heads and family and childrens' rooms). Info about smart meter health and safety issues via Citipower's own brochure (CLICK HERE) appears inadequate based on information gathered from experts elsewhere (see links below). Regarding smart meters:
    1. There does not appear to be any real benefit for consumers/households and no "green" benefit either
    2. Financial benefits following installation appear to be exclusively for power companies
    3. DETRIMENTAL effects for consumers appear to be (i) a substantial rise in household utility bills; (ii) possible adverse neurological effects in people who sustain close proximity to the meters (especially < 10 feet/3 metres); (iii) invaded personal privacy via third parties obtaining information about household occupancy patterns gleaned from time-specific utility usage data, (iv) impending additional wireless meter installations for gas, water, television and communication devices etc.
    • A generic letter received from Citipower (CLICK HERE). Note the asterisked section on page 2 of the letter; the statement is inaccurate - how can this electrical radiotransmitter device have no electromagnetic field? The device emits throughout the day and night...but:
      • what are the exact signal stengths?
      • when exactly/how frequently is it transmitting back-to-base?
      • what is the EMF plume (distant-dependent EM field) of the meter itself when not transmitting (i.e., "at rest") versus when transmitting?
      • Why can't they be hard-wired instead and shouldn't their 'boxes' be EMF-shielded by the Utility company?
    • The above fundamental questions need to be addressed.
    • Further info:
      • Report on smart meters by Dr Don Maisch Australia (www.emfacts.com). CLICK HERE
      • Report on smart meters from a Californian professional group. CLICK HERE
      • Article on smart meter problems from Canada. CLICK HERE
      • A notice from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine regarding smart meters. CLICK HERE
      • Report on smart meters by Dan Hirsch, Univ California Santa Cruz. CLICK HERE
      • An on-line report regarding smart meter removal actions in California. CLICK HERE
      • An example of stop smart meter installation signage (Australia; CLICK HERE) from www.stopsmartmeters.com.au

23 March 2012 (PRIMARY BRAIN TUMOUR INCIDENCE IN USA & AUSTRALIA):

  • The latest (2012) Statistical Report of the CENTRAL BRAIN TUMOR REGISTRY OF THE UNITED STATES (cbtrus.org), reporting on the incidence of primary brain tumors between 2004-2008 shows that their incidence has again increased, to almost 20 per 100,000 head of population per year (70,000 new cases a year) in the USA. CBTRUS attributes this increase to data accrual methods...
  • A new multicentre Australian study reports a significant increase in primary brain cancer incidence between Jan 2000 & Dec 2008. For a PDF summary of the study, CLICK HERE (176K).
    • To download the official PDF of the peer-reviewed Surgical Neurology International publication (Part II of the study), CLICK HERE (2.2Mb)
    • To access the link to the peer-reviewed Neuro Oncology publication (Part I of the study), CLICK HERE.

29 November 2011 (UPDATE ON THE DANISH COHORT STUDY):

  • The British Medical Journal has published the 2011 updated Danish mobile phone user cohort study. To access the downloadable paper, CLICK HERE. To access the several Letters to the Editor highlighting some of the substantial methodological limitations of that study, CLICK HERE. Letter from Dr Vini Khurana, CLICK HERE.

31 May 2011 (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CONFIRMS POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN CELL PHONES & CANCER):

  • The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has announced that there is sufficient evidence to support a possible link between cell phones and brain cancer. This represents a notable positional shift by the WHO. For relevant background information, See DEBATE and PEER-REVIEWED META-ANALYSIS (dowloadable PDF articles) below.
    • For the New York Times article related to the IARC Press Release (USA, 1 June 2011), CLICK HERE.
    • For the original Press Release from the IARC and other updates, CLICK HERE.

July 2010 (HEALTH RISKS OF MOBILE PHONE BASE STATIONS):

  • A peer-reviewed journal article concerning the health effects of mobile phone base stations - i.e., the flat-panel antennae frequently found near or on sensitive sites such as shops, homes, schools, daycare centers, and hospitals.
    • International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health (2010. Vol. 16; pp 263-266): CLICK HERE for a link to the abstract of this Journal article. To download the article, CLICK HERE (PDF: 228K).

May 2010 (THE "INTERPHONE" STUDY ON MOBILE PHONES AND BRAIN TUMOURS):

  • The following reports regarding the World Health Organization's 13-nation "INTERPHONE" study have emerged:
    • The Sunday Times (UK, 16 May 2010): CLICK HERE
    • The Australian (Australia, 17 May 2010): CLICK HERE
    • The Wall Street Journal (USA, 29 May 2010): CLICK HERE
    • The actual peer-reviewed INTERPHONE manuscript published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, can be accessed by CLICKING HERE
    • Also CLICK HERE for New York Times Health Section's Tara Parker Pope's article regarding the possible link between cell phones and brain tumors (USA, 3 June 2008; PDF: 544K).

2008-2009 (CELL PHONES & BRAIN TUMOURS):

  • Dr Lennart Hardell (Sweden) first reported the link between mobile (and home cordless) phone usage and brain tumours.
  • DEBATE: The possible association between cell phones and brain tumours has been debated. For an example of a published debate, CLICK HERE [Point/counterpoint. There is currently enough evidence and technology available to warrant taking immediate steps to reduce exposure of consumers to cell-phone-related electromagnetic radiation. Khurana VG, Moulder JE, Orton CG. Med Phys. 2008 Dec;35(12):5203-6 (PDF: 104K)].
  • In 2008 & 2009, with the new availability of longer "followup" data, four independent groups of researchers published peer-reviewed papers supporting the conclusion that prolonged usage of mobile phones can increase the risk of the user developing a brain tumour on the same side of the head as that used for mobile telephony:
    • Peter Kan et al. [USA] in Journal of Neurooncology (2008)
    • Vini Khurana et al. [Australia, Austria & Sweden] in Surgical Neurology (2009)
    • Yueh-Ying Han et al. [USA] in Surgical Neurology (2009)
    • Seung-Kwon Myung et al. [Korea & USA] in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2009).
  • PEER-REVIEWED META-ANALYSIS: For a PDF of the peer-reviewed article by V.G. KHURANA (Neurosurgeon, Australia), C. TEO (Neurosurgeon, Australia), M. KUNDI (Epidemiologist, Vienna), L. HARDELL (Oncologist & Epidemiologist, Sweden), and M. CARLBERG (Statistician, Sweden), CLICK HERE (PDF: 400K).
  • Investigative Journalist Ticky Fullerton's comprehensive report on the cell phone-brain tumour debate. CLICK HERE for footage (courtesy Lateline - ABC/Australia).
  • 60 Minutes Australia features the stories of two heavy long-term users of mobile phones with malignant brain tumours (includes interviews with two neurosurgeons). CLICK HERE for the Webpage.
  • Larry King discusses the topic of mobile phones and brain tumors. The first half of the transcript features an interview with Dr Keith Black, neurosurgeon of the-late Johnnie Cochran. The second half features a debate with a panel from the US & Australia, including neurosurgeons Drs Vini Khurana (Australia) & Theodore Schwartz (USA). CLICK HERE to view the entire transcript (PDF courtesy CNN; Larry King Live).
  • For access to a free, open neurosurgical form where you can post your comments, questions, or concerns...click the icon below.

  • CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE AGGRESSIVE BRAIN CANCER:
    • Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
  • CLICK HERE FOR DR KHURANA's REPORT ON MOBILE PHONES & BRAIN TUMOURS PUBLISHED ON-LINE IN 2008 (PDF, 426Kb)
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* BIBLIOGRAPHY (Relevant PubMed-listed publications by Dr Vini Khurana):

  1. Khurana VG. Cell phone and DNA story overlooked studies. Science 322: 1325, 2008. [Click here for PDF]
  2. Khurana VG, Moulder JE, Orton CG. Point/counterpoint. There is currently enough evidence and technology available to warrant taking immediate steps to reduce exposure of consumers to cell-phone-related electromagnetic radiation. Medical Physics 35: 5203-5206, 2008. [Click here for PDF]
  3. Khurana VG, Teo C, Bittar RG. Health risks of cell phone technology. Surgical Neurology 72: 436-437, 2009. [Click here for PDF]
  4. Khurana VG, Teo C, Kundi M, Hardell L, Carlberg M. Cell phones and brain tumors: A review including the long-term epidemiologic data. Surgical Neurology 72: 205-214, 2009. [Click here for PDF]
  5. Khurana VG, Hardell L, Everaert J, Bortkiewicz A, Carlberg M, Ahonen M. Epidemiological evidence for a health risk from mobile phone base stations. International Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health 16: 263-267, 2010. [Click here for PDF]
  6. Dobes M, Shadbolt B, Khurana VG (corresponding author), Jain S, Smith SF, Smee R, Dexter M, Cook R. A multicenter study of primary brain tumor incidence in Australia (2000-2008). Neuro-Oncology 13: 783-790, 2011. [Click here for Journal abstract; Click here for corresponding author's summary]
  7. Khurana VG. Danish cohort study: Questions regarding selection, exposure, and tumour incidence. British Medical Journal 343: d7893, 2011. [Click here for PDF]
  8. Dobes M, Khurana VG (corresponding author), Shadbolt B, Jain S, Smith SF, Smee R, Dexter M, Cook R. Increasing incidence of glioblastoma multiforme and meningioma, and decreasing incidence of Schwannoma (2000-2008): Findings of a multicentre Australian study. Surgical Neurology International 2: 176, 2011. [Click here for PDF]

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