An English translation of the Norwegian article Hjernekreft-utviklingen in Norge følger mobilbruken published on 9/01/2019 by the Norwegian scientist EINAR FLYDAL in his blog about electromagnetic radiation and its effects on human health.
More and more people are getting cancer because mobiles, and so-called DECT phones, and other wireless devices are kept close to their heads. This also the case in Norway. We have the same results-pattern in Norway as a recent study in UK last summer (blog post 16.7.2018).
The results-pattern was easy to find when I received figures from the Nordic cancer database NORDCAN: that happened just after the British survey …
The British study (Philips et al. 2018) treats more than 81,000 registered cases of brain cancer according to the WHO definition C71 from the period 1995 – 2015. We work very carefully to ensure the quality of the analysis. The study carefully checks whether the British numerical material is solid. It categorizes the material in different ways to ensure that the image that the researchers put together is according to the standards, and looks at the different subcategories of the C71 definition. The most common subcategory is Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) – and it is a cancer with very poor prognoses: on average people live for only one year after they have been diagnosed.
The most important research results in the British study are as follows:
When you look at all forms of brain cancer under the C71 definition as a whole, it can seem as if the development of cancer does not increase. But when you locate the cancer cases in the place where they are diagnosed in the brain, as visible in the figure, we see that they are to be found in the frontal lobe and in the temporal lobe – those parts of the brain where we hold the mobile or the wireless fixed line [DECT phone] or the wireless headset – it is that what increases the cancer cases (red line).
It is obvious, and statistically significant. The research has taken place frequent and regular since 1995, the year that mobile phones and wireless landline phones [DECT] really made their entrance. In the other parts of the brain, the development of cancer is constant.
(The three dotted lines that show an increase apply to diagnoses that do not distinguish between the location of the tumor, and therefore capture some of each tumor.)
The conclusions drawn from the British study are as follows – briefly described and with the omission of many details, as published in the original article:
This development can not be caused by better diagnostic methods or investments in health care. It is also not due to tumors that spread from elsewhere. This must be due to external exposure.
There are several possible explanations to choose from, including increased use of X-ray and CT scanners. This includes radioactive precipitation of nuclear test explosions, air pollution and poor functioning of the mitochondria. (This new feature is central to Arthur Firstenberg’s book “The Invisible Rainbow – The History of Electricity and Life“, Z-Publisher, 2018.) However, it is only the increased exposure to mobile phones and wireless landlines [DECT], Bluetooth, which can explain why cancer cases only increase: in those parts of the brain where we place the telephone, and not elsewhere in the head, and why it is precisely this cancer, glioblastoma, that is increasing. So far the British research.
What is the results-pattern in Norway?
In Norway we have learned a number of times, and this has been verified by various sources, that there is no increase in brain cancer, or cancer that can be linked to mobile use:
- E.g. a revised NRK article, published on 2 February 2018, a “fact check” from Faktisk.no, together with a statement from the Information Manager of the Cancer Registry, a statement from the Norwegian radiation protection authority (Statens Strålevern) (now the Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear safety), a quote from the committee report that forms the basis for the current Norwegian radiation protection policy (FHI 2012: 3) and a quote from the Swedish commission under Swedish radiation protection (SSM 2016). From all these sources, Faktisk.no has learned that the brain frequency does not increase and that the cancer pattern can not be linked to mobile use.
- A “fact sheet” of the basis for cancer statistics NORDCAN tells us that the number of new cases per year (incidence) for the brain and the other nerve systems is almost constant during the period, and decreases slightly.
- The same message was also transferred to the technology communities: on the tek.no website, the director of the Norwegian radiation protection authority, Ove Harbitz, could say in 2013 that a 20-year investigation could not prove that mobile radiation is harmful to health.
- The same was found by Forskning.no, by researcher Lars Klæboe (alternately employed at the Cancer Registry, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority and the Cancer Association, and now again at the Radiation Protection Agency) four years earlier. He then took part in a Nordic study that concluded that there was no increase in cancer that could be linked to mobile use: in the period 1995-2003 there were no significant changes when the mobile use was taken up again [original text: da mobilbruken skjøt i været]; this was reported (Din Side 2009).
Could this be correct, while it is different in the UK? I decided to look at the figures myself. The goal was quite simple: discovering whether the results-pattern is different when looking at the different locations in the brain, or said differently: whether the numbers would show that the lack of change is due to the development of tumor deposits, with consideration of the different places in the brain, as happened in the UK concept.
My investigation ended with a small analysis that is so simple that even every high school student who has learned something about the syllabus in statistics can do it with a simple spreadsheet. Yes, you can also do it yourself with the numbers from the NORDCAN database that are shown later in the article:
I asked the Norwegian Cancer Registry to collect data for the period 1995 – 2017, divided into the different C71 subgroups. Subsequently, I split up the C71 categories that do not differentiate the location of the tumor in the brain, or where there is uncertainty about the origin of the tumor (C71.0, C71.8, C71.9). Then relatively safe numbers remain, which are partly too low.
Nevertheless, they show that the number of new GBM incidents in the frontal lobe [Norwegian: pannelapp] and the temporal lobe [Norwegian: tinninglapp] increases significantly compared to the GBM [Gliobastoma] events elsewhere in the brain. We see that such GBM tumors become more common, and since the mobile phones are in use, they have almost doubled (yellow and red lines). Elsewhere in the brain, the incidence of GMB tumors remained constant, and for tumors in the cerebrum, containing the four brain lobes, it even decreased significantly. (Graph: brain cancer 1995-2017, new cases in Norway)
Text continues after the graphic.
My small-scale analysis is much less refined than that of the British. For example, I did not standardize the numbers in relation to population growth and I did not check for the different age groups. As mentioned, there is also a theoretical source of errors because a significant proportion of cancer cases have been omitted because they have not been classified including the location in the head. We can compensate this by possibly ranking the unclassified cases according to a certain distribution between the locations of the tumors, and then the red and yellow curves will be steeper. The connections are even stronger and more comparable with the studies that have taken place in the UK. The result-image does not become vague when we correct this, but it is actually sharpened.
In short, the results are so obvious that we must assume that we are undergoing the same development in Norway as in the UK, and in a number of other countries.
What can one say about this growth? Is it clear that the mobile phones are the cause? We have seen that the British scientists are cautious, but it seems obvious that we can draw the same conclusion as is done in their article:
The type of brain cancer that increases, and the location of the cancer tumors, are clearly related to the use of mobile phones and cordless landlines [DECT] or other microwave transmission equipment to the ear, e.g. hands-free devices and your headset with Bluethooth communication. Other reasonable explanations do not seem to exist.
To support such an explanation, there are a number of studies that explain how such phenomena can occur in a biological / physiological way. Among other things, there are a number of studies that show DNA damage from such radiation, a type of injury that in itself increases the risk. And there is a good insight into the mechanisms behind the so-called microwave syndrome (see blog item 8.1.2019), where cancer is counted among the symptoms.
Furthermore, there are studies of the Hardell team, some of which were decisive for all radio wave radiation to the WHO classification 2 with regard to the risk of getting cancer. This is followed by a number of recent French studies that show that even the large limits set by the mobile industry are exceeded when mobile phones are kept close to their heads.
In France, there is now a requirement that mobile phones must be sold, that can not be used without headphones. I assume they request headphones that protect against radiation. [Example of such headphone, which reduces EMF radiation by 99%.]
Einar Flydal, January 9, 2019
References and sources (in addition to those already linked in the text)
Alasdair Philips, Denis L. Henshaw, Graham Lamburn and Michael J. O’Carroll: Brain Tumors: Rise in Glioblastoma Multiform Incidence in England 1995-2015 Suggestions and adverse environmental or lifestyle factors, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, volume 2018, Article -ID 7910754,
The Norwegian Cancer Registry, Oslo, 2018, extraction of data from the NORDCAN database. The complete data table of NORDCAN can be found in the PDF version of the original article.