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Letter by Prof. Dominique Belpomme Addressed to Electrohypersensitive Persons
France Created: 18 Apr 2018
Why I filed a complaint! This sixth letter is addressed more specifically to all those who suffer from electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and to all the associations that, fortunately, have taken up their cause. From a scientific point of view, there is no doubt that electrohypersensitivity is an acquired condition of environmental origin and that, in one way or another, artificial electromagnetic fields (which are polarized and pulsed, unlike natural electromagnetic fields) are most likely involved. There are thousands of scientific articles and even several journals entirely devoted to this subject. No doubt, even if it is still hesitant about the truth of this cause and the individualization of EHS as a new pathological condition, we should recall that following the 2004 Prague Congress, the WHO formally recognized the existence of EHS as a deleterious health "condition"[1]. Since then, numerous scientific studies have come to confirm the harmfulness of electromagnetic fields on health and, as we have shown, the possibility that chemicals may also be involved in the genesis and/or manifestations of EHS, since multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition often associated with it[2], whether it be the cause or consequence.

Then why such opposition and controversy against those who suffer and doctors and researchers who try to understand the reason for this suffering and work to alleviate it?

Everyone knows the real reasons, which are not scientific, and it is not necessary here to dwell on them.

In the latest ARTAC newsletter, you will find the current state of our research on the subject, which shows that people with electrohypersensitivity present in 70-80% of cases, at the molecular level, oxidative stress[3]. This confirms the results obtained recently by an Italian team[4].

However, the existence of such oxidative stress is incompatible with the assumption of ANSES [Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety] according to which EHS is caused by a nocebo effect, even if we can admit that, secondary to the genesis of EHS, such an effect may appear in the form of a sort of conditioned reflex[5].

Our work is therefore radically opposed to the conclusions of ANSES, which unfortunately are not scientifically founded, since ANSES has in fact decided not to recognize the effects of electromagnetic fields on health[6]. Moreover, it is not for ANSES to present in an official report research hypotheses that have not been validated by the medical and scientific community.

Another important result of our research is to have proven that the administration of fermented papaya (Immun'Age) can improve the clinical symptomatology of patients and normalize the pulsometry measured by ultrasound tomosphygmography at the temporal lobes thanks in particular to an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect[7].

There remains the problem of smart meters. As many know, ENEDIS has arranged for the National Medical Council to lodge a complaint against me. However, in defiance of the secrecy of the investigation, the content of this complaint was disclosed in the press. This allowed some unscrupulous media to write with disregard for any serious investigation of polemical and slanderous articles attacking my honor and the quality of my research.

I was thus obliged to lodge a complaint against some of these media on the one hand and against X on the other hand for violation of professional secrecy and concealment of violation of professional secrecy. However, outside the Council of the Order, only ENEDIS knew the content of the complaint against me.

The sick are there and their existence and suffering cannot be denied. It is in the name of the Hippocratic Oath that I have acted and will continue to act, in full ethical awareness, because beyond the barriers that are now erected to refuse to recognize EHS, there is the intangibility of scientific facts and the hope for a better world.

Prof. Dominique Belpomme

References :

1. Hansson Mild K, Repacholi M, van Deventer E, Ravazzani P, eds. 2006. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Proceedings, International Workshop on EMF Hypersensitivity, Prague, Czech Republic, October 25-27, 2004. Geneva (Switzerland): WHO Press. p. 16.
http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/reports/EHS_Proceedings_June2006.pdf

2. Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P. 2015. Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder. Rev. Environ. Health. 30: 251-271.
http://ehs-mcs.org/fichiers/1454070991_Reliable_biomarkers.pdf

3. Irigaray P, Garrel C, Faure P, Belpomme D. Oxidative stress in electrohypersensitivity self-reporting patients: results of a prospective in vivo molecular analysis. Int J Mol Med. 2018.
(not yet on-line)

4. De Luca C, Thai JC, Raskovic D, Cesareo E, Caccamo D, Trukhanov A, et al. 2014, Metabolic and genetic screening of electromagnetic hypersensitive subjects as a feasible tool for diagnostics and intervention. Mediators Inflamm. 2014: 924184.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4000647/

5. Dieudonné M. 2016. Does electromagnetic hypersensitivity originate from nocebo responses? Indications from a qualitative study. Bioelectromagnetics 37: 14-24.
https://www.elettrosensibili.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/effetto-nocebo-studio-di-qualitc3a0.pdf

6. ANSES. Pré-rapport d’expertise : Hypersensibilité électromagnétique ou intolérance environnementale idiopathique attribuée aux champs électromagnétiques. Juin 2016.
2018 : https://www.anses.fr/fr/system/files/AP2011SA0150Ra.pdf
(available for now only in French)

7. Irigaray P, Garrel C, Houssay C, Mantello P, Belpomme D. 2018. Beneficial effects of a fermented papaya preparation for the treatment of electrohypersensitivity self-reporting patients: results of a phase I-II clinical trial with special reference to cerebral pulsation measurement and oxidative stress analysis. Funct Foods Health Dis 8(2): 122-144.
https://www.ffhdj.com/index.php/ffhd/article/view/406

Original articlce in French:
http://www.ehs-mcs.org/fichiers/newsletter6_1523021497.pdf
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Source: Towards Better Health blog, Dominique Belpomme, 14 Apr 2018

Historic cellphone recall due to excessive radiation
France Created: 14 Apr 2018
In the wake of the ‘Phonegate’ hearings in France, for the first time in history a cellphone has been recalled due to emitting potentially unsafe levels of radiation. ‘Phonegate’ was similar to ‘Dieselgate,’ except in this case, it was cellphones—not diesel cars—that were proven to have higher emissions than claimed by their manufacturers. European manufacturer Orange recalled its Hapi 30 cellphone following hearings in Paris in which Dr. Marc Arazi led a team of international experts examining data released by French agency National Frequencies Agency (ANFR). Dr. Arazi had petitioned ANFR for several years to get the data released, finally resorting to court action. Among international experts at the hearings was American epidemiologist Dr. Devra Davis.

The Hapi 30 is “a rather basic flip phone model that the operator Orange sells under its own brand name and is manufactured by the French company Mobiwire,” according to an Alerte Phonegate media release. “In mid-March, Orange began to warn the affected users, that is, 0.3% of its customers, according to the operator, which would represent around 90,000 persons. By letter, they are being offered a free exchange of their cell phone against another model.” Tests conducted by ANFR revealed a specific absorption rate (SAR) that exceeds the authorized limit. The SAR is the measurement used to quantify the energy of radiofrequency radiation absorbed by the user of a cell phone. It is limited to 2 W/kg at the level of the head (“SAR head”) and at the level of body (“SAR trunk”). The Orange mobile phone Hapi 30 exceeds the limit at the level of the trunk (2.1 W/kg). Orange issued a statement that, “This mobile phone presents no health risk,” insisting that it meets emission standards “in situations of ordinary use, when the flap is open.”

However, the Orange mobile phone may only be the first such unit recalled. “We have recorded some other phones that exceed limits,” says Gilles Brégant, Director-General of ANFR. The agency is in the process of enforcing compliance with other manufacturers. Brégant promises to publish the name of the models at the conclusion of the procedure, which would take several months.

The European Union has legislation known as the RED directive (directive 2014/53/EU) that can impose fines on cellphone manufacturers that fail to meet mandated emissions standards. Sadly, in North America, neither Health Canada nor US regulatory agency the FDA has shown any such interest in protecting consumer health.

Dr. Arazi, a physician and former French politician, has been campaigning tirelessly to get both French and European regulatory agencies to enforce and improve standards. Largely due to his efforts, stricter standards are being enacted. Dr. Arazi—like many international scientists—has pointed out that the current SAR-based testing regime is ineffective and a poor standard to base public health regulations upon. “A change in the method of measurement, which applies to smartphones and other cell phones placed on the market since April 2016, has led to the emission measurements of the trunk at a maximum distance of 0.5 cm from the body,” notes the Alerte Phonegate coalition. “Previously, manufacturers could make measurements at a distance of 2.5 cm. These few centimeters change everything: they were allowing manufacturers to display much lower values, and therefore to comply more easily with the standards.”

Further making history have been the discoveries of the $25 million 2017 US National Toxicology Program (NTP) study revealing increased heart tumours and brain damage in rats exposed to radiofrequency radiation emitted by cellphones. Although an attempt was made to soft pedal the results in the mainstream media, “the experts recommended that tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, called malignant schwannomas, be reclassified from some evidence to clear evidence of carcinogenic activity… NTP researchers also looked for noncancerous health effects in rats and mice. The panel agreed that there were increases in damage to brain tissue in exposed male and female rats, which further supported the classifications of cancerous effects in the brain.” NTP Senior Scientist John Bucher “stressed that the goal of the study was to establish the potential health hazard of exposure to cell phone RFR. He said that to detect a potential effect, the rodents’ whole bodies were exposed to levels equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today.”

For a summary of the NTP study, visit the US National Institutes of Health website here: https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2018/4/feature/feature-2-cell-phone/index.htm
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Source: ChameleonFire1 blog, Sean Arthur Joyce, 06 Apr 2018

Catastrophic decline in birds blamed on pesticides, despite no evidence
France Created: 21 Mar 2018
Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, because insects they feed on have disappeared.

Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said.

Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists said in a pair of studies – one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France.

Related news:
Nov 2017, Australia: Botanist report links disappearance of birds, bats & insects to electromagnetic radiation
Aug 2017, USA: Where have all the insects gone?
Jan 2008, South Africa: Modern technology may be bugging insects
Jul 2007, United Kingdom: 2002: Naturalists notice dramatic decline in insect populations

“The situation is catastrophic,” said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France’s National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.

“Our countryside is in the process of becoming a veritable desert,” he said in a communique released by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which also contributed to the findings.

The common white throat, the ortolan bunting, the Eurasian skylark and other once-ubiquitous species have all fallen off by at least a third, according a detailed, annual census initiated at the start of the century.

A migratory song bird, the meadow pipit, has declined by nearly 70%.

The museum described the pace and extent of the wipe-out as “a level approaching an ecological catastrophe”.

The primary culprit, researchers speculate, is the intensive use of pesticides on vast tracts of monoculture crops, especially wheat and corn.

The problem is not that birds are being poisoned, but that the insects on which they depend for food have disappeared.

“There are hardly any insects left, that’s the number one problem,” said Vincent Bretagnolle, a CNRS ecologist at the Centre for Biological Studies in Chize.

Recent research, he noted, has uncovered similar trends across Europe, estimating that flying insects have declined by 80%, and bird populations has dropped by more than 400m in 30 years.

Despite a government plan to cut pesticide use in half by 2020, sales in France have climbed steadily, reaching more than 75,000 tonnes of active ingredient in 2014, according to European Union figures.

“What is really alarming, is that all the birds in an agricultural setting are declining at the same speed, even ’generalist’ birds,” which also thrive in other settings such as wooded areas, said Bretagnolle.

“That shows that the overall quality of the agricultural eco-system is deteriorating.”

Figures from the national survey – which relies on a network of hundreds of volunteer ornithologists – indicate the die-off gathered pace in 2016 and 2017.

Drivers of the drop in bird populations extend beyond the depletion of their main food source, the scientists said.

Shrinking woodlands, the absence of the once common practice of letting fields lie fallow and especially rapidly expanding expanses of mono-crops have each played a role.

“If the situation is not yet irreversible, all the actors in the agriculture sector must work together to change their practices,” Fontaine said.
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Source: Guardian, Agence France-Presse, 21 Mar 2018

Mobile-phones will be banned in Schools in 2018
France Created: 12 Dec 2017
The Minister of National Education has ensured that mobile phones will be banned from schools as soon as the next school year.

Students will soon be without their cell phones in schools. Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Education, announced that the devices "will be banned at school and college from the start of 2018".

"We are working on this issue, it can take different forms, you may need it for teaching purposes, for emergency situations so cell phones must be confined", he said and recalled that some colleges "are already enforcing a ban".

According to Jean-Michel Blanquer, the question of screens is a message of "Public Health". "It is best that children are not too much, if at all, in front of screens before the age of 7".
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Source: RTL.fr, Le Grand Jury / Benjamin Sportouch, 10 Dec 2017

Phonegate : Welcome to la la land !
France Created: 16 Oct 2017
As a result of lax and imprecise international standards, hundreds of millions of users of mobile phones that have been placed on the market over the past twenty years are subjected to radiation levels in contact with the body, for some phones, more than three times the threshold limit (ten times with American standards). We now have proof of this, since Dr Arazi obtained the publication on 1 June 2017 of the initial partial results conducted by the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) , that our health, especially of younger people, is being deliberately endangered. Despite this, ANFR continues to hide essential informations. There is total inertia on the part of the public authorities despite having been alerted in various ways. It is urgent to inform the more than six billion users, including the French population, of the risks involved and the ways to protect against these risks.

One point in common with the various scandals that have been increasing in recent years, from Médiator to the “Monsanto papers” and Dieselgate, are the many obstacles to acquiring information.

ANFR postpones indefinitely the publication of test reports

The scandal of « Phonegate* » is no exception. The fight for transparent information from the manufacturers of mobile phones and national and international control agencies is far from being won. Let us take as evidence the latest blow from ANFR which, in an unexpected turnaround, decided to no longer publish the complete reports of the measurements of the specific absorption rates (SAR) of the 428 mobile phones tested between 2012 and June 2017. ANFR had nevertheless made a written commitment to Dr. Arazi on 13 July 2017 to make these reports public “in September”. Gilles Brégant, Director-General of ANFR, however, never lacks “good reasons” for not doing so. In the telephone exchange on 10 October 2017 with the whistleblower, the head of the control authority considers this is no longer “a priority” for its staff. The publication of this essential information, expected for more than 15 months, has been indefinitely postponed.

Everything always goes well in la-la land

The question we publicly ask ANFR is simple: « What are you trying to hide? » This question is more legitimate when we discover the new list of 49 mobile phones “tested” by ANFR up to June 2017. To say that ANFR is confounding information with communication is a euphemism. Its strategy is all the more simple as the subject is complex. The Agency wants to give the appearance of transparency. It as not done so! Welcome to la la land! Here are examples:

The SAR measurements of the phones as actually used, in contact with the skin, have simply disappeared. This is the easiest way for ANFR to obtain deceptively reassuring results, especially since European legislation requires a measurement in contact for the SAR “limbs” (a phone in the pants pocket or held in the hand).

A SAR « head » measurement for only one phone out of the 49 phones tested.

A compliance distance greater than 5 mm and up to 25 mm. This concerns nine mobile phones (Wiko, Sony, Hisense, Orange, Alcatel, Crosscall, Doro and Switel). And yet, ANFR publicly explained that the new European warning regarding the “SAR ‘trunk’ in contact with the skin at a few millimeters” would apply for measurements taken at distances not exceeding 5 mm…Proof by example!

A scandalous European Directive written to defend the interests of the manufacturers

The new directive 2014/53/UE, entered into force in June 2017 at the initiative of the European Commission, is meant to set an example of transparency. On the contrary, it is further proof of the serious abuses of an institution that is too much influenced by the actions of the lobbies invading Brussels. Article 5 of the directive provides the manufacturers of mobile phones with complete confidentiality of the data concerning the health risks of their phones, while article 42 is entitled, “Compliant radio equipment which presents a risk”.

A total absence of reaction from the public authorities, despite warnings

The French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) made scientific recommendations to the government in its July 2016 report entitled, “Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health”. The recommendations have not been followed up!

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review its 1996 SAR measurement protocols which are inappropriate and out of date. The AAP expressed its concern prior to the announcement in September 2017 by the scientific team of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), one of the official agencies of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of the disturbing results on the “genotoxicity” of mobile phone waves tested on mice and rats. The complete results are expected at the beginning of 2018.

When will the Minister for Health, Agnès Buzyn, and the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, finally take up this public health issue? They have not yet responded to the letter sent by Dr. Arazi four months ago, reminding them of the responsibility of the State. To hear them, human health is nevertheless their « priority ».

Time and need to act

The action for transparency is for us a major public health issue. We have thus decided to take all necessary actions, including legal actions, to obtain from ANFR as soon as possible the complete reports of the measurement tests of mobile phones. We call on all those in France and abroad who share our fight for “truth” to be heard.
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Source: Dr Marc Arazi, 16 Oct 2017

Increasing levels of saliva alpha amylase in electrohypersensitive (EHS) patients
France Created: 26 May 2017
Abstract, PURPOSE: To assess the level of various salivary and urinary markers of patients with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and to compare them with those of a healthy control group.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We analyzed samples from 30 EHS individuals and a matched control group of 25 individuals (non-EHS) aged between 22 and 66. We quantified cortisol both in saliva and urine, alpha amylase (sAA), immunoglobulin A and C Reactive Protein levels in saliva and neopterin in urine (uNeopterin).

RESULTS:
sAA was found to be significantly higher (p<0.005) in the EHS group. uNeopterin and sAA analysis showed a significant difference based on the duration of EHS.

CONCLUSION:
Higher levels of sAA in EHS participants may suggest that the sympathetic adrenal medullar system is activated. However, most of the analyzed markers of the immune system, sympathetic activity and circadian rhythm did not vary significantly in the EHS group. There is a trend to the higher levels of some variables in subgroups according to the EHS duration.

KEYWORDS:
EMF; IEI-EMF; alpha amylase; electromagnetic fields; environmental illness; markers; saliva; symptoms
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Source: Int J Radiat Biol., Andrianome S et al, 17 May 2017

French Govt. knew in 2015 that 9/10 phones exceeded SAR on body contact! But didn't warn
France Created: 21 May 2017
Paris, 17 May 2017 (APMnews) – Some standards currently applied to mobile phones are not protective, according to a militant physician, Marc Arazi, who recently took legal action for the public release of the names of devices exceeding thresholds when placed against the body.

The specific absorption rate (SAR) indicates the amount of energy received by the user of a radio-electric device when it is operating at full power for several minutes. The absorption of electromagnetic fields leads to an increase in tissue temperature. In order to prevent this thermal effect, threshold values have been imposed.

In the European Union, the SAR head and SAR trunk must be less than 2 W/kg and the SAR limbs, less than 4 W/kg. The SAR head is “well-defined”. It integrates two standardized postures in contact with the ear and close to the mouth, Gilles Brégant, director of the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), told APMnews on Tuesday. The manufacturer must include this SAR head measurement in all notices about their devices. Overall, the SAR head has decreased. It is on average equal to 1 W/kg, according to the ANFR director.

Concerning the SAR trunk, up until April 2016, it was the manufacturer who chose the distance at which it was measured. This was between 0 and 2.5 cm. This value and the distance at which it has been measured are not usually included in the notices.

In its July 2016 report « Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health », the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) considered it “unlikely that people, especially children, are aware of the conditions of use close to the body, as defined by manufacturers”. In most cases, the notice specifies keeping the phone 15 mm from the body. Yet, the separation distance between the body and a phone placed in a shirt pocket is well below this figure, ANSES emphasized in the report.

Since 2006, ANFR has been checking the manufacturers’ claims. The agents collect about 100 phones each year at sales outlets and have them analyzed by accredited laboratories which recalculate the SAR.

In 2015, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded the limit value on contact.

The July 2016 ANSES report presented the results of the SAR trunk measurements in contact with the device, carried out by ANFR on 95 mobile phones on sale in France in 2015. 89% of the phones measured on contact by ANFR had a SAR greater than the limit value of 2 W/kg and 25%, a SAR greater than 4 W/kg. This means that, in contact with the body, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded protective values.

Since publication of these results, Marc Arazi, physician and former national coordinator of the association Priartem (For the regulation of mobile phone antennas), asked ANFR to publish the list of phones whose SAR trunk values exceeded 2 W/kg on contact.

But despite a favorable opinion from the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (CADA), ANFR did not disclose this list. Marc Arazi tried in vain to win his case in court. On 20 April, the Administrative Tribunal of Melun rejected the militant’s request.

Gilles Brégant explained to APMnews why ANFR has not published this list.

According to the rules in force in 2015, all phones collected that year and evaluated by the agency respected the standards because they did not impose a measurement in contact with the body. “These phones respected the standard at the distance specified by the manufacturers, most often, 15 mm”, commented the director of the agency. The law does not allow disclosure of information collected as part of the monitoring activity of this agency, said Gilles Brégant. The agency could also not sanction the manufacturers because their devices complied with the standards in force.

If ANFR has chosen to measure the SAR trunk of devices on contact, this is not to better reflect the reality of their use, but “for convenience”. In order to have a “common standard”, the manufacturers sometimes delayed specificying at what distance they had measured the SAR trunk, said Gilles Brégant.

The European Commission revises the standard

For wireless communication devices held in the hand or carried close to the body, ANFR asked the European Commission in 2015 to change the maximum distance of the SAR trunk measurement from 25 mm to 5 mm. “We have taken advantage of the new directive to change the standard,” said Gilles Brégant. This European directive 2014/35/UE called RED, applicable from June 2016, will be fully incorporated in France from July, according to ANFR.

Moreover, by a decision of 5 April 2016, the Commission acknowledged that the standard did not meet safety requirements and specified that for SAR measurements of the trunk (limit 2 W/kg), the separation distance should not exceed “a few millimeters”.

Citing this text as reference, ANFR now applies a distance of 5 mm for the SAR trunk to the devices it measures.

An unacceptable distance for Marc Arazi who pleads in favor of “protective standards” with a SAR trunk measured in contact with the body.

In its July 2016 report, ANSES recommended “ensuring in all circumstances compliance with the regulatory limit values for exposure”, regardless of the mobile transmitters and their conditions of use, especially in contact with the body.

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Autor Virgine Bagouet for APMnews
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Source: APM News, via Marc Arazi / PRIARTEM blog, 17 May 2017

Childhood cancers up 13% globally in two decades
France Created: 24 Apr 2017
Lyon, France, 11 April 2017 – An international study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and published today in The Lancet Oncology shows that in 2001–2010, childhood cancer was 13% more common than in the 1980s, reaching an annual incidence rate of 140 per million children aged 0–14 years worldwide. Part of this increase may be due to better, or earlier, detection of these cancers.

Based on information collected globally on almost 300 000 cancer cases diagnosed in 2001–2010, the study showed that leukaemia is the most common cancer in children younger than 15 years, making up almost a third of childhood cancer cases. Tumours of the central nervous system ranked second (20% of cases), and lymphomas accounted for 12% of cases. In children younger than 5 years, a third of the cases were embryonal tumours, such as neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, nephroblastoma, or hepatoblastoma.

The article also reports, for the first time, on cancer occurrence in adolescents (age 15–19 years). The annual incidence rate was 185 per million adolescents, based on records of about 100 000 cancer cases. The most common cancers were lymphomas (23%), followed by the cases classified as carcinomas and melanoma (21%).
“Cancer is a significant cause of death in children and adolescents, in spite of its relatively rare occurrence before the age of 20 years,” says IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild. “This extensive new set of information on the pattern and incidence of cancer in young people is vital to raise awareness and to better understand and combat this neglected area of health early in life.”

Cancers developing in children are more likely to be triggered by genetic predisposition, compared with cancers in adults. This study suggests that the incidence of childhood cancers may be influenced by doctors’ changing awareness about childhood cancer or by effects of external factors, such as infection or some environmental pollutants. To enable the identification of causes that could possibly be avoided, high-quality information about cancer occurrence is needed for a representative proportion of the global population.

Data for this study were contributed by 153 cancer registries in 62 countries, departments, and territories, covering approximately 10% of the world’s population of children. However, the results reported are based on child population coverage of almost 100% in North America and western Europe and of 5% or less in
Africa and Asia. Incidence rates, which indicate the number of new cases per population at risk per year, are the first piece of information needed to start fighting this disease.

In low-resource settings, cancer may go undiagnosed, because awareness is lacking or diagnostic equipment is unavailable. Also, social factors may explain the unexpectedly low rates reported particularly for infants or for girls in certain low-resource countries. Taking care of these population groups is challenging in settings with many competing socioeconomic needs. Dr Tezer Kutluk, a paediatric oncologist and past president of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which also provided support to this study, notes its importance to improve childhood cancer care: “This study provides the essential data we need to offer early detection, treatment, and care programmes and services for children with cancer. It is very important that we improve global monitoring of cancer in children and address the
gaps in surveillance data across regions.”

In low-income countries, data collection is complicated by the lack of well-functioning health and statistical services, nonexistent health insurance policies, and population movements. Often, focusing on the small proportion of cancers occurring in children is not seen as a priority. Comparative studies like this one depend not only on the availability of local data but also on the possibility of sharing the collected data internationally. Measures should be taken so that the increasingly stringent data-sharing requirements do not hamper large-scale collaborative studies, not least because participation in international studies helps to improve local data.

For more information, please contact
Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher, at steliarova@iarc.fr, or com@iarc.fr.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. Its mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships. If you wish your name to be removed from our press release emailing list, please write to com@iarc.fr.

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Steliarova-Foucher E, Colombet M, Ries LAG, Moreno F, Dolya A, Bray F, Hesseling P, Shin HY, Stiller CA, and the IICC-3 contributors. International incidence of childhood cancer, 2001–10: a population-based registry study. Lancet Oncol. Published online 11 April 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30186-9
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Source: IARC, 11 Apr 2017

Paris to adopt more stringent EMF radiation standards
France Created: 7 Mar 2017
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has reached an agreement with France’s four main mobile network operators aimed at introducing stricter network radiation norms. The EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) exposure limit is to be lowered to 5V/m from the current 7V/m for indoor spaces, representing a 30 percent reduction at the frequency reference of 900 MHz.

Announcing the news, Hidalgo said that Paris was to become the most protective across all the main European cities in terms of exposure from wireless network antennas, setting a lower limit than the one adopted in Brussels (6V/m). The new agreement, expected to be approved by the municipality of Paris at the end of March, also includes plans for a new monitoring service to help measure EMF levels within buildings.
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Source: TelecomPaper, 06 Mar 2017

French companies will have to protect employees from electromagnetic waves
France Created: 9 Jan 2017
(Google translation from French) This is one of the novelties of January 1: companies will now have to take into consideration the issue of electromagnetic waves to which employees are exposed.

Measurement of electromagnetic waves using a broad-band isotropic probe. © Sipa / Valinco

These waves are emitted especially by wireless equipment: Wi-Fi, mobile phones or tablets. It took three years for this European directive to be applied in France. A decree, published on August 6 in the Official Journal , on the "protection of workers against the risks arising from electromagnetic fields," said the exposure thresholds that must not be exceeded.

The employer must assess the risks incurred by its employee

Employees should be informed of the risks and the workplaces where they are likely to be exposed to "electromagnetic field levels exceeding the values" should be reported to them and their access be limited. The results shall be communicated to the occupational physician and the health, safety and working conditions committee or, failing that, to the staff representatives and in the event of crossing the levels, workers may be given a medical examination.

Pregnant women and employees under 18 years of age will also receive special attention. Every effort should be made to ensure that the impact of waves is the lowest.

A first step for all employees who are "electro-sensitive"

Sophie Pelletier is an engineer and works in a public administration in the center of Paris. For six years she has hardly any working life. Diagnosis as electro-sensitive by doctors, is now recognized as a disabled worker because her health has continued to deteriorate due to electromagnetic waves: "In the meeting rooms and wifi in the subway and public transportation, Throughout the week I accumulate this exposure which ends up echoing my general state, with great fatigue, and gives me troubles of the heart rhythm, memory and attention that prevent me to return to work When I'm too tired ".

Sophie Pelletier continues the sick leave. She has repeatedly requested that her position and working time be adjusted. But she has always run into the misunderstanding of her employer. "It's a disease that does not fit in the boxes," she explains, "it's complicated for the employer to arrange a number of things to allow me to keep myself properly in the job. 'I lost two thirds of my salary for several years and it annoys me because I put a damper on my career, or my health, or both at the same time.

According to estimates, in France, there are now nearly 70,000 people with electro-sensitivity.
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Source: FranceInter, Yann Gallic (via Joel MOSKOWITZ), 01 Jan 2017

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