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Published, June 1st 2016

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Mobile phones and cancer: Part 3. Update and overall conclusions from epidemiological and animal studies

With the fast increase of mobile telecommunication and wireless internet also concern is growing. Can exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields lead to adverse health effects? The Health Council of the Netherlands regularly report on this. In the report published today the council concludes: there is no established association between long-term and frequent use of a mobile telephone and an increased risk for tumours in the brain or head and neck area. But such association can also not be fully excluded. The council therefore recommends to keep exposures as low as reasonably possible and to continue investigating effects

Committee

  • Prof. G.C. van Rhoon, Professor of Physical Aspects of Electromagnetic Fields and Health, Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, chair
  • Prof. A. Aleman, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, University of Groningen
  • Dr. S. Le Cessie, Statistician, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Department of Medical Statistics, Leiden University Medical Center (since 01-12-2015)
  • Prof. J.J.G. Geurts, Professor of Translational Neuroscience Research, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam (since 01-01-2016)
  • Dr. A. Huss, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht (since 01-01-2016)
  • Prof. H. Kromhout, Professor of Epidemiology of Health Effects from Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht
  • Prof. F.E. van Leeuwen, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Free University of Amsterdam; Head, Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (until 31-12-2015)
  • Prof. H.F.J. Savelkoul, Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology, Wageningen University
  • Dr. R. van Strien, Epidemiologist, Municipal Health Services, Amsterdam (since 01-01-2016)
  • Prof. W.J. Wadman, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Amsterdam
  • D.H.J. van de Weerdt, Physician, Toxicologist and specialist in environmental medicine, Central Gelderland Municipal Health Services (GGD), Arnhem (until 31-12-2015)
  • Prof. A.P.M. Zwamborn, Professor of Electromagnetic Fields and Health, Eindhoven University of Technology; Physicist, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), The Hague (until 31-12-2015)
  • Dr. G. Kelfkens, Physicist, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, structurally consulted expert
  • Prof. E. Lebret, Professor of Environmental Health Impact Assessment, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University; Knowledge Platform Electromagnetic Fields, Bilthoven, observer (until 31-12-2015)
  • Dr. M.J.M. Pruppers, Physicist, Knowledge Platform Electromagnetic Fields, Bilthoven, observer
  • J. Robijns, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, observer
  • R.P.R. Schutte, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Hague, observer
  • Dr. H.F.G. van Dijk, Biologist, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary (since 01-09-2015)
  • Dr. E. van Rongen, Radiobiologist, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary

This publication may be cited as follows

Health Council of the Netherlands. Mobile phones and cancer: Part 3. Update and overall conclusions from epidemiological and animal studies. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2016; publication no. 2016/06. ISBN 978-94-6281-098-3