UK study finds no cancer link with mobile phones

The biggest study undertaken on mobile phones has found that using a mobile phone does not increase the risk of developing cancer.

The latest study published in the British Medical Journal found no link between mobile phone use and the most common type of brain cancer.

The researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester and the Institute of Cancer Research in London found that those who reported using mobile phones regularly were not at a greater overall risk of developing glioma.

The study, conducted between December 2000 and February 2004, involved 966 people with glioma – the most common type of brain tumour – and 1716 healthy volunteers who acted as a comparison.

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), the peak industry body representing carriers and manufacturers in Australian, welcomed the study’s findings.

Brent Gerstle, the Chair of AMTA’s Health and Safety Committee, said the study provided yet another layer of confidence for mobile phone users.

“The potential human health impacts of radio frequency energy have been studied in great detail over the past 50 years,” he said.

“Comprehensive reviews of more than 2200 research publications, including 410 studies specifically on mobile phones, have found that there is no substantiated scientific evidence of health effects from mobile phones.”

The British study said that the widespread use of mobile phones had occurred over the past 10 years and more studies were needed to assess if there were any longer-term effects from their use.

Mr Gerstle said the mobile phone industry supports further research, in accordance with the WHO’s research program, to advance the science in relation to mobile phones and health and to ensure that there is accurate information to assist people to make informed choices on mobile technology.


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