January 20, 2007

Cancer study ordered into mobile phones

thrml2.gif Though Though a Danish study - the largest study to date published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in December 06, found that cell phones do not trigger cancer - after tracking 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had owned cell phones for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago, The Times Online reports that another mass study of the long-term impact of mobile phones is to be undertaken in the UK.

"More than 200,000 volunteers, including long-term users, are to be monitored for at least five years to plot mobile phone use against any serious diseases they develop, including cancer and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Professor Lawrie Challis, who is in the final stages of negotiation with the Department of Health and the mobile phone industry for the £3 million that he needs to fund the study, told The Times that research has shown that mobiles are very safe in the short term but that there is a “hint of something” for people using them longer.

... Professor Challis, a world expert on mobile phone radiation, and chairman of the government-funded Mobile Telecommunications Health Research program, said that the study was necessary because all the important breakthroughs in what caused cancers had shown that the effects often took more than ten years to show."

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