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MOBI-KIDS: A Study Of Brain Cancer In Children Exposed To RF Fields

The popular consensus is that the effect of mobile phone radiation in children requires additional research. This is because the paediatric population absorbs twice as much radiation as adults in the brain tissue, and ten times more than adults in their bone marrow.

MOBI-KIDS is one such research body that took up the challenge, and has just completed a long-term study. It is believed that the study will generate results that will contribute to the understanding of potential brain tumour risks associated with use of mobile phones and other wireless communications technologies among young people.

“After leukaemia, brain tumours are the second most common cancer type in young people under 20 years of age. The incidence of these tumours in young people under 20 years of age has been increasing recently.” MBKDS

MOBI-KIDS is a multinational study investigating the potential effects of childhood and adolescent exposure to EMF from mobile communications technologies on brain tumour risk. It was conducted across 14 European and non-European countries and included 898 brain tumour cases aged 10–24 years. It aimed to include two individually matched controls for each case – a total of 1922 control subjects were eligible to participate in the study.

“Of particular concern in recent years has been the growing use of mobile phones among adolescents and, more recently, children: their developing neurologic system may be more sensitive to the effects of RF; they are likely to have greater lifetime cumulative exposures to RF from mobile phones than those who started use later in life.” Final Report Summary – MOBI-KIDS

This is what the study revealed:

  • Among regular users of mobile phones, the mean time since start of mobile phone use was 6.2 years for those in the control group.
  • There were high differences between age groups: 10 to 14 year-olds had been using mobile phones for an average of 3.2 years; 20 -24 year-olds had been using mobile phones for an average of 9.2 years, with 37% reporting using a phone for 10 years or more.
  • The average number of calls for cases were 43 per month, for controls it was 49, with 5% of cases and 4% of controls making more than 10 calls per day on average.
  • Average hours per month talking was 2.1 for cases, and 2.6 for controls, with 4% and 3% respectively using the phone for calling more than 1 hour per month on average.
  • In both indicators of mobile phone use, the study observed an increasing trend in number of calls and average call time with age.

The findings of the study are being analysed and a publication is in preparation. The results will not be made public until they have been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Watch this space for updates!

Report Summary – MOBI-KIDS

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