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September 13, 2007

Six-year UK study shows slight excess of brain and ear cancers in cell phone users

The BBC online is reporting on this six-year study performed by the MTHRP, funded by the government and communications industry in the UK, show an excess of brain and ear (acoustic neuroma) tumors. (PDF of their 2007 report). However, it should be noted that these results were "on the borderline of statistical significance." It did rule out short-term adverse effects to brain and cell function, namely, blood pressure, heart rate, and electrical hypersensitivity, which include symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and tingling.

The researchers feel that longer study is needed to fully explore the link between cancer and cell phone use. It might be the case, as with lung cancer and cigarette smoking, where a study of 10 years or longer is needed to confirm this correlation.

They will also be looking at the effect of cell phone use by children. An earlier report, published in 2005, warned that cell phone use by children should be limited, and avoided in those eight years and younger, as a precautionary measure.

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