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Operator claims cancer-causing mast never existed
Austria Created: 26 Mar 2008
The cancer study on mobile phone systems that appeared at the end of January researched by the environmental doctor, Dr Gerd Oberfeld, of the Salzburg regional medical centre and specialist in environmental medicine for the Austrian Medical Association has created a stir. His work, contracted by the Styrian health department, references a time period between 1984 and 1997. The environmental doctor ascertained an increased risk of cancer in people neighbouring class C network mobile phone systems in the area of Vasoldsberg/Hausmannstätten, in Austria. However: a class C network system has never existed at this location and up until 1994 there was absolutely no use of mobile phones. The mobile phone operators are therefore demanding that the author publicly retracts his incorrect cancer investigation and are calling for an objectively led discussion on mobile communication.
Read the entire press release from the Operator here: http://www.fmk.at/content.php?id=222&cb=196

Rebuttal from Dr. Gerd Oberfeld:
Proven Increase in Cancer Incidence Around Telephone Exchange Center Hausmannstätten - Well-known Environmental Health Expert from Salzburg Rejects Allegation.
"As an epidemiologist, I am committed to the science and correct interpretation of the data, resulting from a study.“ That is how the environmental health expert from Salzburg, Gerd Oberfeld, responded when mobilkom austria AG accused him of attributing an increased incidence of cancer to an allegedly non-existent C-Network in Vasoldsberg and Hausmannstätten municipalities.
The data as provided by Gerd Oberfeld is fact: Within the scope of the scientific study, a significant increase in incidence was documented in the area around the telephone exchange center Hausmannstätten, for all types of cancer the increase was found to be up to 8 times higher. Breast cancer and brain tumor were especially prevalent.
During the preliminary research of the study by Gerd Oberfeld, a retired technician from the Post and Telecommunication Administration of Styria confirmed that a transmitter of the C-Network was operating at this location of the telephone exchange center Hausmannstätten.
Furthermore, the informant could specify the precise power output of the transmitter as well as the number of channels.
Other possible factors - that could have caused such a significant increase in cancer incidence - could not be detected by Gerd Oberfeld.
During the preliminary research of the study, Gerd Oberfeld was told by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) that to the knowledge of the federal ministry data for networks, which are not in operation anymore, are deleted and therefore the BMVIT does not have this kind of information available. Additional investigations among the residents and neighbors clearly showed that they did notice such a transmitter during the years in question.

It is interesting to note that the mobilkom austria AG only seems to explore the contents of the study as long as the quotes are taken out of context. The allegation that, for example, a 121 times higher risk was calculated, is firmly rejected by Gerd Oberfeld. In the study, this increase was discussed exclusively for brain tumor cases in the highest exposure category.
The „quoting of partial results out of context“ for reasons of mass impact is not considered a serious review of the study contents and therefore can hardly form the basis for an objective discussion, says Gerd Oberfeld.
The legal counsel of mobilkom austria AG has served Gerd Oberfeld with the demand to retract the conducted investigations and at the same time has threatened to take legal action for damages in the case of non-compliance.
Gerd Oberfeld is unable to find any fault on his part. The significant increase in cancer cases around the telephone exchange center Hausmannstätten is fact, which cannot be argued away. If the increase was caused by something else than the mobile phone network, this should surely be reviewed from a scientific perspective. At this point in time, however, Gerd Oberfeld has no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information available to him. So far the mobilkom austria AG was unable to supply sufficient proof for its claim that there had been no C-Network transmitter at the telephone exchange center in Hausmannstätten.
The statement by the mobilkom austria AG that Austria needs a reliable policy for mobile phone technologies, which would investigate feared risk, without increasing panic and fear-mongering, is very much applauded by Gerd Oberfeld. It is high time that the fears and concerns of affected populations are respected, but also include scientific findings that have already been pointing in a similar direction for years, and that we search for solutions together. We may finally find a joint point of departure in this right direction!
Source: Land Salzburg / Forum Mobilkommunikation, Gerd Oberfeld / Mobilkom Austria, 25 Mar 2008

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