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New research doubts link between cellphones and cancer

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Mon July 4, 2011

Journal says cellphones not likely creating cancer

The scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives has published a reexamination of medical studies that has cast doubt on claims that cellphones cause cancer. Partly contradicting a WHO study from May that raised the possibility of a health risk, the study argued that the proof was "increasingly against" a link between frequent cellphone use and brain tumors. The WHO's report was simply trying to classify what kind of risk might exist and not the actual likelihood of an illness, EHP said.

Among the issues the countering paper had were with the reliability of the results. The WHO study covered 13,000 phone owners but asked them to remember phone use from years ago, where the details could be misremembered. Other studies haven't seen the link, the authors said.

Concerns have existed of bias whenever a study emerges that downplays the health risks from phones. One group challenged the well-known Interphone study and went so far as to accuse its creators of having a financial incentive from the phone industry to minimize any risks. The Interphone team has denied the claims, although there are gaps in the record that haven't been fully explained.

Pro-industry organizations like the CTIA have a record of trying to minimize any perceived risk and got a San Francisco bill frozen that would have put SAR warnings near phones at sale to help more worried buyers pick a lower-radiation phone. Critics, including outside of the CTIA, have noted that the SAR levels don't necessarily indicate the actual threat and are going on assumptions about harm that still haven't been definitively proven.



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  1. gurman

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    Quis custodet ipsos custodes?

    Who sponsored the research reported in Environmental Health Perspectives? Was it the CITA, or any of its members? In healthcare, that's the first question to ask when a new "study" result is announced, and it's too bad it hasn't been addressed here.

  1. Bernie Ball

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    No doubt in my mind

    No doubt in my mind of a link between cellphones and cancer -- a good friend who was using his cellphone for 30-40 hours a week is the only person I know who used a cellphone this much, and the only friend who has a brain tumour. Was not even 30 when he got it.
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  1. danangdoc

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    No valid studies exist

    My grandmother died of a brain tumor in 1913. No cellphone. People get brain tumors. Look at the statistics - how many per million over the years. Had there been a spike in countries using cell phones over the last 5-10 years? Where are the facts? Dint jump to conclusions, one way or the other. I'm sure someone drinking 15 cups of coffe a day would have side effects. Does that mean coffee is bad? Much more honest, unbiased study is needed here.

  1. bobolicious

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    classic popcorn video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V94shlqPlSI&feature=related

  1. Geoduck

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    Seen this before

    The hysteria among some about a "link" between vaccines and Autism is similar. No statistical evidence showing a link. The experts have looked for a couple of decades and have found no connection. The believers refuse to acce[t studies and facts and send their kids to school without proper vaccinations. Then we have outbreaks of measles or chickenpox in the schools and adults get the mumps and face dire health problems.

    It's also similar to the related fear over WiFi signals causing health problems. No studies show a connection. Ne evidence shows any effect. However I still have a problem with resort guests unplugging our WAPs even when they're mounted behind an access panel inside the wall, (I don't know how they find them) because they're scared.

    It's nuts.

  1. sidewaysdesign

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    ...Cell phones and Wi-Fi still make me feel like s

    The studies are always about cancer -- as if that's the only thing that should be of concern.

    Cellphones and other RF/microwave wireless equipment make me feel physically ill, even at very low levels, and have for a number of years. With 30 years working around computers, and as an early adopter of Wi-Fi (though not so early w/cellphones), it was probably overexposure that put me in this boat, but there's definitely a negative effect of this technology.

    Cancer is not my top worry; it's about being able to continue working and living in an increasing stew of RF and microwave traffic, not to mention hoping my son will not have to face an industrial-strength Wi-Fi network at his school at some point.

    I don't expect any study to ever wildly declare we're all going to die from this stuff, but I would certainly advise moderation of exposure, especially for children.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    I know two people (one of which has died) who have brain tumors and have never owned a cell phone in their life.

  1. Bernie Ball

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    Actually that happens me too - when using my laptop with WiFi - it makes me feel physically ill after a while. The Wi-Fi card was an add-on and I never felt ill before using it. I think having my head close to it is the problem, as I don't suffer from that when using my Mac Mini which is farther away from my head.

  1. brainiac

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    I use a PC at work

    And I think it is making me physically ill.

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