Mobiles disconnected from cancer link

A six-year study has concluded that using a mobile for up to ten years does not cause brain tumours.

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By  Rob Corder Published  September 13, 2007

Six years of research by 28 different teams, costing almost $18 million, has concluded that mobile phones pose no threat to health for people that have used them for up to 10 years.

But despite the gargantuan amount of money spent on studies, they could not conclusively rule out the possibility of damage through long-term usage.

The impact of mobile phone use on children is also not known and requires additional research, scientists suggest.

The six-year research programme, chaired by Professor Lawrie Challis, Professor of Physics at The University of Nottingham in the UK, has found no association between short term mobile phone use and brain cancer.

Studies on volunteers also showed no evidence that brain function was affected by mobile phone signals or the signals used by the emergency services.

The research also found no evidence that living or working near mobile phone base stations causes any physical symptoms.

Professor Lawrie Challis, Chairman of MTHR, said: "This is a very substantial report from a large research programme. The work reported today has all been published in respected peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals.

"The results are so far reassuring but there is still a need for more research, especially to check that no effects emerge from longer-term phone use from adults and from use by children."

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