MOBI-KIDS (Risk Brain Cancer in Childhood and ...)
Periodic Report 1 - MOBI-KIDS (Risk of brain cancer from exposure to radiofrequency fields in childhood and adolescence)
The current project aims to assess the potential carcinogenic effects of childhood and adolescent exposure to radiofrequency (RF) and extremely low frequency (ELF) from mobile telephones on tumours of the central nervous system.
Because brain tumours in children, adolescents and young people are rare, and because the effect of EMF exposures from mobile phones, if any, is expected to be small, studies in single countries will generally lack sufficient statistical power to evaluate the possible relation between these exposures and the risk of brain tumours. Only careful large-scale collaborative studies, with detailed exposure assessment and major efforts to avoid and characterise possible biases will therefore be able to address this aim. The Mobi-Kids study will include over 1,900 cases of malignant and benign brain tumours aged 10 to 24 years and their respective controls from 12 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan (all except Taiwan are included in the current contract).In order to achieve the overall aim of the project, MOBI-KIDS has the following operational objectives:
- To conduct a multinational epidemiological case-control study of brain tumours diagnosed in young people in relation to EMF exposure from mobile telephones and other sources of RF in eight countries under the current grant, and, subject to funds being secured separately, in a number of non-European countries;
- To develop and validate improved indices of RF and extremely low frequency (ELF) exposure, and assess related uncertainties, for all of the subjects in the study;
- To analyse the relation between risk of brain tumours and exposures to RF and ELF from mobile phones and other relevant and important sources of exposure in the general environment of young people.