No mobile phone cancer link, researchers claim

Mobile phones do not increase the risk of cancer, according to the latest in a long line of studies looking into the threat.

No mobile phone cancer link, researchers claim

Following a study involving more than 350,000 phone users, the findings chime with other studies that have reached similar conclusions, although most refuse to rule out a risk completely.

Scientists from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen looked at people aged at least 30 who subscribed to mobile phone contracts and compared their rates of brain tumours with non-subscribers between 1990 and 2007.

Outside experts said the large scale of the trial was impressive.

“This paper supports most other reports, which do not find any detrimental effects of phone use under normal exposures,” said Malcolm Sperrin, director of Medical Physics at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital.

However, the study contradicts the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer which in May decided mobile phone use should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, putting them in the same category as lead, chloroform and coffee.

But just over a month later the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection’s committee on epidemiology said the scientific evidence increasingly pointed away from a link between mobile phone use and brain tumours.

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