WHO study links mobile phone use to cancer
A ten-year study on mobile phones has found that there is a link between
regular phone use and brain cancer.
The long-anticipated report, from the World Health Organisation, says that
prolonged use - at least 30 minutes a day - increases the chance of suffering a
malignant tumour by more than a third.
According to The Daily Mail, the Interphone study was conducted over a decade,
compiling data from 13 countries, and has been substantially funded by the
mobile phone industry.
It is a widely held belief that radiation from mobile phones and mobile masts
are a health risk.
While the study, based on interviews with more than 5,000 brain cancer victims
and published this week, reveals that only those in the 'heaviest user'
category are endangering their health, this includes those who spend more than
half an hour a day with a mobile handset to their ear.
The report said that there was no significant risk for people who used their
phones less than 30 minutes a day, or who used an earpiece or headphones.
But scientists admit that they did not take into account phone users under the
age of 30, which will prompt questions over the validity of the study.
And the study's figures even suggest low levels of usage can actually protect
against cancer - a result questioned by the researchers themselves.
Interphone defined a 'regular' user as a person who made one call a week over a
It found the average mobile phone owner made the equivalent of two-and-a-half
hours of calls a month - with heavy users significantly more.
The study has already been criticised for being deeply flawed.
New research, backed by the European Union, has been launched to investigate
possible links between brain tumours in children in mobiel phone use.
- Daily Mail
Published May 16 2010
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