Mobiles do not increase cancer risk, says Japanese study

  • Scientists studied 1,000 brain tumour patients
  • Wider investigation into phones due later this year

Mobile phone users have no greater risk of developing brain tumours than people who have never used them, according to a detailed study of cancer patients.Scientists questioned more than 1,000 people, 322 of whom had been diagnosed with brain tumours, about their phone usage and found no link between cancer and the length of time they had owned a mobile phone or the amount they used it. The study, by researchers in Japan, follows last year’s report from the Mobile Telecommunications Health Research Programme.The £8.8m report, funded by the government and the mobile phone industry, concluded mobiles had no short-term health consequences for adults, but raised questions over their long-term use, after finding a slight increase in malignant brain tumours after 10 years.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/feb/06/mobilephones.healthJapanese study clears mobiles of brain cancer risk [Reuters]
Using a mobile phone does not increase your risk of brain cancer, according to a new Japanese study that is the first to consider the effects of radiation on different parts of the brain.The finding adds to the growing body of evidence that mobile phones are safe.Scientists at Tokyo Women’s Medical University compared phone use in 322 brain cancer patients with 683 healthy people and found that regularly using a mobile did not significantly affect the likelihood of getting brain cancer.
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