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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 11:25
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Mobile phones safe over ten-year period
A wide-ranging study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London has found that regular mobile phone use for up to 10 years does not cause brain tumours.

Researchers said there was no link between acoustic neuroma and the number of years a patient had used a mobile phone. They added that the total number of hours that phones were used for was not a factor.

Acoustic neuromas are benign tumours that grow in the area where people usually hold their handsets, leading to speculation about a link to mobile phone use.

An international team of scientists from Britain, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden studied 678 people with acoustic neuroma, comparing their mobile phone use over 10 years with that of 3,553 people who had not developed the tumour.

A spokesman for the Institute of Cancer Research said: "The study suggests there is no substantial risk of this tumour in the first 10 years after starting mobile phone use. However, an increased risk after longer term use could not be ruled out."

Professor Anthony Swerdlow, senior investigator at the Institute, warned that longer-term impacts may yet come to light.

"There has been public concern about whether there is a link between brain cancer risk and use of mobile phones," Professor Swerdlow said.

"The results of our study suggest that there is no substantial risk in the first decade after starting use. Whether there are longer-term risks remains unknown reflecting the fact that this is a relatively recent technology."


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