Personal radio use and cancer risks among 48,158 British police officers and staff from the Airwave Health Monitoring Study

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Title: Personal radio use and cancer risks among 48,158 British police officers and staff from the Airwave Health Monitoring Study
Authors: Gao, H
Aresu, M
Vergnaud, AC
McRobie, D
Spear, J
Heard, A
Kongsgard, HW
Singh, D
Muller, DC
Elliott, P
Wells, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) from mobile phones have been classified as potentially carcinogenic. No study has investigated use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA), a source of RF-EMF with wide occupational use, and cancer risks. Methods We investigated association of monthly personal radio use and risk of cancer using Cox proportional hazards regression among 48,518 police officers and staff of the Airwave Health Monitoring Study in Great Britain. Results During median follow-up of 5.9 years, 716 incident cancer cases were identified. Among users, the median of the average monthly duration of use in the year prior to enrolment was 30.5  min (inter-quartile range 8.1, 68.1). Overall, there was no association between personal radio use and risk of all cancers (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.98, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.93, 1.03). For head and neck cancers HR = 0.72 (95% CI: 0.30, 1.70) among personal radio users vs non-users, and among users it was 1.06 (95% CI: 0.91, 1.23) per doubling of minutes of personal radio use. Conclusions With the limited follow-up to date, we found no evidence of association of personal radio use with cancer risk. Continued follow-up of the cohort is warranted.
Issue Date: 26-Dec-2018
Date of Acceptance: 5-Nov-2018
ISSN: 0007-0920
Publisher: Springer Nature [academic journals on]
Start Page: 375
End Page: 378
Journal / Book Title: British Journal of Cancer
Volume: 120
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Sponsor/Funder: Home Office
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
National Institute for Health Research
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust- BRC Funding
Funder's Grant Number: PG0484
Keywords: 1112 Oncology And Carcinogenesis
Oncology & Carcinogenesis
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: EP-2018-1118R1
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine
Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care

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