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Cancer

28 July 2011

Mobile phones not tied to cancer

Children and adolescents who use mobile phones are at no bigger risk for brain cancer than non-users, according to a study of patients aged seven to 19.

Children and adolescents who use mobile phones are at no bigger risk for brain cancer than non-users, according to a study of patients aged seven to 19.

But the study – the first to look specifically at children and the risk of cancer from cell phones – found that paediatric brain tumour patients were no more likely to be regular phone users than control subjects who did not have cancer.

WHO ignited interest
"If mobile phone use would be a risk factor, you'd expect cancer patients to have a higher amount of usage," said Professor Martin Roosli who conducted the study at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland.

 

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