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For the record
Is your mobile killing you?
On 3rd May 2012 an article in The Sun suggested that if you use a mobile phone ‘for more than 10 years … you will get brain cancer’. The piece mentions several studies, and we asked scientists to put these in the context of the overall evidence.
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, Director of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Royal Berkshire Hospital:
“The latest HPA report which brought together all of the available evidence found there to be no basis for concern about the health effects from mobile phones. It is always prudent to remain open minded about any risks that may exist but that is totally different from accepting that evidence currently exists for such risks.”
Dr Mireille B. Toledano, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London, explains the findings of the largest review of the evidence, the Interphone study:
“Overall, the Interphone study found no increased risk of meningioma or glioma with use of mobile phones, even for those with more than 10 years of use. There were some suggestions of an increased risk of glioma in the group that had spent the longest time calling on their phones and on the side of the head where the phone was reportedly most used. However, these findings were based on a small number of people and were subject to possible biases and errors in recall of phone usage. On the balance of evidence to date, use of mobile phones for less than 10 years does not cause brain cancers.”
Document type: For The Record
Published: 4 May 2012