Mobile Phone Use and Time Trend of Brain Cancer Incidence Rate in Korea

Bioelectromagnetics. 2021 Dec;42(8):629-648. doi: 10.1002/bem.22373. Epub 2021 Sep 20.


This study evaluated the time trends in mobile phone subscriber number by mobile network generation (G) and brain cancer incidence by type in Korea. We obtained data from the Information Technology Statistics of Korea (1984-2017) and Korea Central Cancer Registry (1999-2017). The average annual percent change was estimated using Joinpoint regression analysis. We evaluated 29,721 brain cancer cases with an age-standardized incidence rate (ASR) of 2.89/100,000 persons. The glioma and glioblastoma annual ASR significantly increased in 2.6% and 3.9% of males and 3.0% and 3.8% of females, respectively. The ASR for frontal lobe involvement was the highest. The ASR of gliomas of unspecified grade annually increased by 7.8%; those for unspecified topology and histology decreased. The incidence of glioma, glioblastoma, frontal, temporal, and high-grade glioma increased among those aged ≥60 years. No association was observed between the mobile phone subscriber number and brain cancer incidence in Korea. Furthermore, long-term research is warranted because of the latency period of brain cancer. © 2021 Bioelectromagnetics Society.

Keywords: glioblastoma; glioma; histology of brain cancer; mobile phone subscribers; topology of brain cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Cell Phone Use*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Female
  • Glioma*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology