Monday, October 26, 2009

‘Prolonged usage of cellphones causes cancer’

London: Heavy mobile phones users face a higher risk of developing cancers, according to a landmark international study overseen by the WHO.

‘Prolonged usage of cellphones causes cancer’

According to The Daily Telegraph, the decade-long investigation will publish evidence that heavy users face a higher risk of developing brain tumours later in life.
Even though the conclusion of the research will be revealed only later this year, a preliminary breakdown of the results found a “significantly increased risk” of some brain tumours “related to use of mobile phones for a period of 10 years or more” in some studies.
The conclusion of the £20 million study, while not definitive, will undermine assurances that the devices are safe. Several countries, notably France, have started strengthening warnings in this regard and American politicians are urgently investigating the risks.
The Interphone inquiry has been probing the link between exposure to mobile phones and three types of brain tumour and a tumour of the salivary gland.
The landmark international project carried out research in 13 countries, interviewing tumour sufferers and people in good health to see whether their mobile phone use differed. It questioned about 12,800 people between 2000 and 2004, the report said. Previous research into the health effects of mobile phones, in the short time they have been in use, has proved inconclusive.
However, a breakdown of the latest findings shows that six of eight Interphone studies found some rise in the risk of glioma (the most common brain tumour), with one finding a 39% increase. PTI
A decade-long investigation overseen by the WHO says that heavy mobile phone users face a higher risk of developing brain tumours later in life
Two of the seven studies into acoustic neurinoma (a benign tumour of a nerve between the ear and brain) reported a higher risk after using mobiles for 10 years

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