The 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.