Mobile phones and malignant melanoma of the eye

Br J Cancer. 2002 Feb 1;86(3):348-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6600068.


Recently a four-fold increase in the risk of malignant melanoma of the eye was associated with the use of radiofrequency transmitting devices, including mobile phones in Germany. We contrasted the incidence rates of this rare cancer with the number of mobile phone subscribers in Denmark. We observed no increasing trend in the incidence rate of melanoma, which was in sharp contrast to the exponentially increasing number of mobile phone subscribers starting in the early 1980s. Our study provides no support for an association between mobile phones and ocular melanoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Eye Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Melanoma / epidemiology
  • Telephone*
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / epidemiology