European Commission reports on EM fields
The Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) has updated a 1998 report on health effects of electromagnetic fields. The Committee concludes:
The full report
can be accessed at http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/pollution/ph_fields_index.html
No increase in brain tumour incidence rates in USA
A recent paper reviewed trends in brain tumour rates in the USA. The authors used the most recent data from the National Cancer Institute's surveillance system. They found that central nervous system cancer (CNS) incidence rates have stabilized in all age groups since 1991. There was an increase in rates in some age groups in the mid-1980s that is considered to be due to better detection of tumours by new technology such as MRIs. The authors review the lack of evidence for an association between these tumours and cellular phone use. They conclude: " The possibility must be considered that environmental exposures and lifestyle characteristics contribute too little to the overall burden of CNS tumour development to be detectable by exposure assessment methods currently available".
This topic is discussed further in "Primer - Wireless Phones - Health".
Gurney JG, Kadan-Lottick N (2001): Brain and other central nervous system
tumors: rates, trends, and epidemiology. Current Opinion in Oncology