Mobile phones do not pose health problems to adults in the short term, according to the results of a major six-year research programme published today. However the research also points to a “slight hint” of a cancer risk for long-term users.Experts warned they were unable, at this stage, to rule out the risks of brain or ear cancers for people who have used mobiles for more than 10 years. They said that further investigation of this result would be a priority for the next phase of their work, which would also study the effects of mobile phones on children’s health.
Mobile phones don’t cause cancer – in the short-term. Long-term, who knows?
Mobile phones do not pose a health risk, according to one of the biggest studies into their dangers. But this is only in the short term; long-term damage cannot be ruled out. Six years of research by 28 teams, at a cost of £8.8 million, have failed to substantiate any of the health claims made about mobile phones or the masts that broadcast their signals.But the fears could not be entirely laid to rest, said Professor Lawrie Challis, chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, which oversaw the study. This was because cancer had a long latency period, and mobile phones had not been in use long enough to rule out risk. A second study, for which £6 million has been earmarked, would follow mobile-users over a long period to see if intensity of use has any link with the frequency of cancers.
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