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NEWS: Mobiles 'cleared' of cancer risk
Long or short-term mobile phone use is not associated with increased
risk of cancer, a major study has found.
Mobile phone antennas emit electromagnetic fields that can penetrate
the human brain.
But a Danish team found no evidence that this was linked to an
increased risk of tumours in the head or neck as had been feared.
The study, of more than 420,000 mobile phone users, appears in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
The researchers, from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in
Copenhagen, looked at data on people who had been using mobile phones
from as far back as 1982.
More than 56,000 had been using a mobile phone for at least 10 years.
They found no evidence to suggest users had a higher risk of tumours
in the brain, eye, or salivary gland, or leukaemia.
Professor Tricia McKinney, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
University of Leeds, said: "The results of this Danish cohort study
are important as they have analysed data from mobile phone company
records and do not rely on users remembering for up to 10 years in
the past how often they used their phone.
"The large numbers of subscribers in the study mean we can have some
confidence in the results that have not linked mobile phone use to a
risk of any cancer, including brain tumours."
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