Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

This kinda scares the crap out of me (via Cake):

Noting that malignant brain tumours represent “a life-ending diagnosis”, he adds: “We are currently experiencing a reactively unchecked and dangerous situation.” He fears that “unless the industry and governments take immediate and decisive steps”, the incidence of malignant brain tumours and associated death rate will be observed to rise globally within a decade from now, by which time it may be far too late to intervene medically.

OK, brain tumors = death.  The details (emphasis mine):

The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.

It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in October – that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer. Cancers take at least a decade to develop, invalidating official safety assurances based on earlier studies which included few, if any, people who had used the phones for that long.

Earlier this year, the French government warned against the use of mobile phones, especially by children. Germany also advises its people to minimise handset use, and the European Environment Agency has called for exposures to be reduced.

Professor Khurana – a top neurosurgeon who has received 14 awards over the past 16 years, has published more than three dozen scientific papers – reviewed more than 100 studies on the effects of mobile phones. He has put the results on a brain surgery website, and a paper based on the research is currently being peer-reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.

So earlier studies were not valid.  When the only response comes from an industry association, I find myself a little skeptical of their reassurances:

Late last week, the Mobile Operators Association dismissed Khurana’s study as “a selective discussion of scientific literature by one individual”. It believes he “does not present a balanced analysis” of the published science, and “reaches opposite conclusions to the WHO and more than 30 other independent expert scientific reviews”.

So do cell phones present a severe health risk?

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3 Responses

  1. It’s about time we took care of the growing population problem…

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  2. Okay, so this is probably one of those far-fetched urban legends, but I heard that if you take two cell phones, dial one so that it calls up the other, and then place them on either side of a fresh egg, the waves transmitting between the two phones will eventually hard-boil that egg.

    Anyone up for an experiment?

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