New report downplays mobile phone cancer risk

New report downplays mobile phone cancer riskThe debate on whether mobile phones cause cancer continues to rage on, and probably will until the effect of at least a couple of generations living their whole lives around mobiles can be measured.

But that point is slowly getting closer, of course, and a new report suggests that there's been little indication so far that the cancer rate has increased, and little indication that it will.

The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Standing Committee on Epidermiology (yeah, them) have just issued their latest findings in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, and say the instances of brain cancer have remained relatively static between 1970 – before mobile phones were released – and 2008.

“Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults,” the researches concluded.

Last May, the International Agency for Research on Cancer revealed the results of the Interphone study, a high-profile investigation on the potential of long-term mobile phone use to increase the risk of developing cancer.

But while the results of the study were inconclusive, the new Enivonmental Health Perspectives report claims that in itself suggests its own conclusion.

“Methodological deficits limit the conclusions that can be drawn from Interphone, but its results, along with those from other epidemiological, biological and animal studies, and brain tumor incidence trends, suggest that within about 10 to 15 years after first use of mobile phones there is unlikely to be a material increase in the risk of brain tumors in adults,” the researchers argued.

Via CNET

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CTPAHHIK  Jul. 6, 2011 at 14:15

This falls into same category as driving while talking. It's allowed to drive using a headset, but not while holding a phone. What is the difference? You just as distracted in both cases. How is this different from smoking? People that drive with both hands should stick to automatic, or not drive at all.
But if you ban talking while driving why would anyone buy a headset?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2011 at 14:29

The porblem is that - as with smoking - there is a larger context, and I do not mean corporate interests that are national interests etc... What I mean is our ridiculously increased exposure to all sorts of EMR. Who can tell apart the risk factors?
With lung cancer, similarly, there is a problem regarding absolute causation. Simplified: consumption trends in the explosion of lung cancer cases last century just don't 'wash' 100%. In other words, although cigarettes are hardly harmless, they seem to require little helpers. Plus: the increase in lung cancer in children of non-smoking kids etc etc...

Same goes for EMR.
Last year someone tried to exaamine and put a number on the increase in EMR pollution. Tentatively, it's suggested that compared to our 1960s parents/ grandparents we are exposed to 12000000 - 100000000 times the EMR!!! Go figure what share is made up by someone's mobile.ors?
With lung cancer, similarly, there is a problem regarding absolute causation. Simplified: consumption trends in the explosion of lung cancer cases last century just don't 'wash' 100%. In other words, although cigarettes are hardly harmless, they seem to require little helpers. Plus: the increase in lung cancer in children of non-smoking kids etc etc...

Same goes for EMR.
Last year someone tried to exaamine and put a number on the increase in EMR pollution. Tentatively, it's suggested that compared to our 1960s parents/ grandparents we are exposed to 12000000 - 100000000 times the EMR!!! Go figure what share is made up by someone's mobile.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 6, 2011 at 15:06

I was not referring to lung cancel. This is off topic discussion.

When you drive and hold a cell phone you can easily drop it and put both hands on the wheel. This would allow to react faster to road condition. You cannot do the same with cigarette, because it might fall in wrong place and burn something. It's allowed to smoke and drive, but it's not allowed to hold a cell phone. This defies common sense.

Everyone knows that cell phones increase your chance of getting cancer (does not matter which one). They are not good for anyone's health, but there is no definite answer how bad. Having more cell phone antennas will decrease signal strength and amount of EMR radiation. More towers cut into profits.

It does not make any common sense, but it makes lots of money. Better not *** with it.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2011 at 15:21

Better not *** with it.

<<=== agreed ;)
I hope no one thought I was trying to defend tobacco ;) But things are often simpler or more complex than assumed

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