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Cell Phones ‘Worse than Smoking,’ Says Researcher

May 18, 2008 03:14 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Despite a good deal of evidence to the contrary, an Australian neurosurgeon says cell phones “may be riskier than smoking” when it comes to cancer.

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Could innocently chatting on a cellular phone lead to cancer?

The question has cropped up in the media over the years, inspiring fear, although so far studies have failed to prove that phones are carcinogenic.

Now, Australian neurosurgeon Dr. Vini Khurana claims in a new report that cell phone use is more dangerous to people’s health than asbestos or smoking, and that in the next four years the full impact of cell phone-related brain tumors will be revealed.

His report suggests that ten years or more of cell phone use can double the risk of brain cancer, and that the survival rate for a malignant brain tumor diagnosis is “relatively small.”
However, Khurana’s claims must contend with years of research that do not support the cell phone-cancer link.

In Britain’s largest investigation into the subject, the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Program concluded that there are no adverse biological effects from using a mobile phone. The findings were released last year

And in February, Japanese researchers completed an innovative new study that determined there is absolutely no link between cell phone use and cancer.

"Using our newly developed and more accurate techniques, we found no association between mobile phone use and cancer, providing more evidence to suggest they don't cause brain cancer," said Naohito Yamaguchi, who led the research.

Headline Links: Cell phone used deemed ‘riskier than smoking’

Opinions & Analysis: Too much information

Related Topics: Cell phones not harmful to health

Or are they …?

Reference: Cancer risks and Dr. Vini Khurana

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