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Cell Phone Cancer Study Finds No Answer

17 May 2010 | Other | 1 comment


After studying almost 13,000 cell phone users in the last 10 years, in a quest to find out whether cell phones cause brain cancer, experts are saying that their research did not give any clear answers, the results being inconclusive.

According Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), "The results really don't allow us to conclude that there is any risk associated with mobile phone use, but... it is also premature to say that there is no risk associated with it."

Wild said that part of the problem with the study was the increased rate of mobile phone usage between 2000 and today. Another problem was that some of the research was based on people's estimations on how much time they spent talking on their cell phones and not precise data.

The IARC study showed that overall, mobile phone users had a lower risk of brain cancer than people who had never used one, but the scientists who conducted the study said this finding suggested problems with the method, or problems with the information from those who took part. Other results showed that high call time may slightly raise the risk, but nothing specific has been found.

According to the researchers, the majority of people who took part in this study were not heavy cell phone users to begin with. The average total call time for was around 100 hours, with an average of 2 to 2 and a half hours of reported use a month. The heaviest 10 percent of users had clocked up an average of 1,640 hours of phone use spread over 10 years, which corresponds to about half an hour a day.

The study received $24.4 million in funding and had participants from all around the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Britain.

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by Paul on May 17, 2010

The incidence of glioma has been increasing in recent years and a far more likely culprit is aspartame (ie the sweetener in diet soda's and other products). Indeed FDA scientists initially banned the marketing of aspartame precisely on the grounds of carcinogenicity, particularly ... brain tumors in rats. This position was later over-turned by the political leadership of FDA while the evidence both for carcinogenicity and myriad other deleterious health effects from aspartame exposure has continued to accumulate.