Mobile phone cancer link disputed further

4th July 2011

A panel of experts has suggested that a growing body of evidence supports the theory that mobile phones do not increase people's risk of cancer.

Analysis from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, which is featured in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found there is no compelling evidence linking mobile phones and increased risk of a cancer diagnosis.

Professor Anthony Swerdlow, from the Institute of Cancer Research, commented: "The results of Interphone and other epidemiological, biological and animal studies, and brain tumour incidence trends, suggest that within ten to 15 years after first use of mobile phones there is unlikely to be a material increase in the risk of brain tumours in adults."

However, he added that the possibility of a small or long-term effect cannot be completely ruled out.

There are currently over 76 million mobile phones in use in the UK. This puts penetration levels at over 124 per cent.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

"Mobile Phones, Brain Tumours and the Interphone Study: Where Are We Now?"
Anthony J. Swerdlow, Maria Feychting, Adele C. Green, Leeka Kheifets, David A. Savitz
Environ Health Perspectives

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