Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Martha S. Linet, Theresa Taggart, Richard K. Severson, James R Cerhan, Wendy Cozen, Patricia Hartge, Joanne Colt

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Abstract

Dramatic increase in hand-held cellular telephone use since the 1980s and excess risk of lymphoproliferative malignancies associated with radio-frequency radiation (RFR) exposures in epidemiological and experimental studies motivated assessment of cellular telephones within a comprehensive US case-control investigation of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A questionnaire ascertained cellular telephone use in 551 NHL cases and 462 frequency-matched population controls. Compared to persons who had never used cellular telephones, risks were not increased among individuals whose lifetime use was fewer than 10 (odds ratio (OR) = 0.9, 95% confidence intervals (CI): 0.6, 1.3), 10-100 (OR = 1.0, 95% CI: 0.7, 1.5) or more than 100 times (e.g., regular users, OR = 0.9, 95% CI: 0.6, 1.4). Among regular users compared to those who had never used hand-held cellular telephones, risks of NHL were not significantly associated with minutes per week, duration, cumulative lifetime or year of first use, although NHL was non-significantly higher in men who used cellular telephones for more than 8 years. Little evidence linked use of cellular telephones with total, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or follicular NHL. These findings must be interpreted in the context of less than 5% of the population reporting duration of use of 6 or more years or lifetime cumulative use of 200 or more hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2382-2388
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Volume119
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2006

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Cell Phones
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
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Follicular Lymphoma
Population Control
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Radio
Epidemiologic Studies
Population

Keywords

  • Case-control study
  • Epidemiology
  • Hand-held cellular telephone
  • Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin
  • Radiofrequency/microwave radiation

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Linet, M. S., Taggart, T., Severson, R. K., Cerhan, J. R., Cozen, W., Hartge, P., & Colt, J. (2006). Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. International Journal of Cancer, 119(10), 2382-2388. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.22151

Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. / Linet, Martha S.; Taggart, Theresa; Severson, Richard K.; Cerhan, James R; Cozen, Wendy; Hartge, Patricia; Colt, Joanne.

In: International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 119, No. 10, 15.11.2006, p. 2382-2388.

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Linet, MS, Taggart, T, Severson, RK, Cerhan, JR, Cozen, W, Hartge, P & Colt, J 2006, 'Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 119, no. 10, pp. 2382-2388. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.22151
Linet MS, Taggart T, Severson RK, Cerhan JR, Cozen W, Hartge P et al. Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. International Journal of Cancer. 2006 Nov 15;119(10):2382-2388. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.22151
Linet, Martha S. ; Taggart, Theresa ; Severson, Richard K. ; Cerhan, James R ; Cozen, Wendy ; Hartge, Patricia ; Colt, Joanne. / Cellular telephones and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In: International Journal of Cancer. 2006 ; Vol. 119, No. 10. pp. 2382-2388.
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