Brain cancer diagnosis could soar from use of mobile phones

15th June 2011

Just weeks after the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that it had categorised the use of mobile phones as a cancer risk, experts have spoken out with predictions that brain cancer diagnosis could soar 20-fold.

Graham Lamburn, technical manager at independent watchdog Powerwatch, said: "This research shows that heavy users are at the biggest risk and that there is a very high increase in the risk of brain cancer from just 15 minutes of mobile phone use. Many people use their phones for much longer than that each day now. If the indications in this study are right ... then this is a potential timebomb."

His comments follow research from Interphone, which showed that using a mobile phone for 15 minutes a day could seriously increase the chances of developing a brain tumour.

Study leader Elisabeth Cardia said that findings showed that an increased risk of tumours was seen in 20 per cent of mobile users with the highest exposure to emissions.

The WHO placed the use of a mobile phone in the same risk category as drinking coffee and being exposed to lead and the fumes from car exhausts.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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