Study finds no brain cancer link to mobile phone use

May 17, 2010
A pedestrian talks on her cellular phone as she walks down the street in San Francisco, California. The largest study to date of the safety of mobile phones has found no clear link to brain cancer, although it said further study is merited given their increasingly intensive use.

The largest study to date of the safety of mobile phones has found no clear link to brain cancer, although it said further study is merited given their increasingly intensive use.

"The study doesn't reveal an increased risk, but we can't conclude that there is no risk because there are enough findings that suggest a possible risk," the study's chief author, Elisabeth Cardis, told AFP.

The results of the Interphone study, which included 2,708 cases of glioma tumours and 2,409 meningioma tumours in 13 countries over a 10-year period, is due to be published on Tuesday in the .

It found no increased risk of glioma or meningioma tumours after 10 years of using a mobile phone, although it found "suggestions of higher risk" for the heavyest users.

The heavyest users who reported using their phones on the same side of their heads had a 40 percent higher risk for and 15 percent for meningiomas, but the researchers said "biases and errors" prevent making a causal link.

Given that the heavyest users in the study talked an average of half an hour per day on their mobile phones, a figure which is not heavy by today's standards, the researchers recommended further research.

They also cited the need for the study of the impact of mobile phone use among young people, who have rapidly become intenstive users, and who were not included in the Interphone study.

"Observations at the highest level of cumulative call time and the changing patterns of mobile phone use ... particularly in young people, mean that further investigation of mobile phone use and is merited," said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which coordinated the study.

The researchers noted, however, that the latest mobile phones have lower emissions, and the popularity of hands-free devices and texting reduce exposure to the head.

Cardis said the European Union is funding a new study of risks of brain tumours from during childhood and adolescence.

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More information: International Journal of Epidemiology: http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/
International Agency for Research on Cancer: http://www.iarc.fr/

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Bob_Kob
5 / 5 (2) May 17, 2010
"heavyest"

A quick 5 seconds through a spell check that hard?
KBK
2.3 / 5 (3) May 17, 2010
I want to know the exact associations of all the people involved in this study. Who they used to work for, who they work for now, where they got their degrees-and whom they may go work for when this is done. Who financed the study and exactly how that played out, in detail..and who/what created a situation for the money to be come into being for this study. Who backed this study, who popularized it, who promotes it - everything, essentially.

Who compiled the results, who decided how information that it is based on should be compiled, who decided what information should be useful and taken, and who decided the criteria for all those study basics, threshold data acceptance aspects, every damn bit of it.

All that information is far more critical than a few words stating 'cell phone cancer results are ambiguous'. That particular "information" tells us nothing.

The entire detailed back-story tells us everything.

And... we are highly unlikely to get it.
Royale
not rated yet May 17, 2010
I kept reading that as 'heavyset' and I'm thinking why on earth would their weight have anything to do with this study..? Haha.. Talk about confusing people because of something so simple.
RobertKarlStonjek
4 / 5 (1) May 18, 2010
Young people are more likely to use Mobile Phones for Texting rather than talking.

"..heavyest.."
...and don't forget 'intenstive'

Another article spelt the title 'Atudy:' instead of 'Study'...whatever the new girl has going for her, it isn't spelling and typing (the mind boggles :)
Au-Pu
2.3 / 5 (3) May 18, 2010
One of Sydney Australia's leading neurosurgeons has raised alarm bells because he is finding an alarming increase in brain tumors(cancer) and in ever younger patients.
This man has to try to undo the damage.
Papers such as this one should leave the authors liable for prosecution if it can be shown that anyone was influenced by it.
It is out of date, it is deliberate bullshit and the authors know it and consequently peppered it with escape clauses.
KBK's requirements are right on the money.
Speaking of money it would be nice to trace the money that funded this back to its origins (sources).
Mark_Tinger
3 / 5 (2) May 20, 2010
Studies have linked cell phone radiation to health problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, brain tumors, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more. There is a latency period for most diseases and it may take years and more studies before the required weight of evidence is established. But the effects are cumulative and precautions should be taken now before it is too late. There is lot's of more information at http://www.radiat...hero.com

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