Decade Long Study Finds No Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer
Published on: 16th Feb 2014
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A decade long study in the UK into the health effects of using mobile phones has concluded by stating that it has not found any such evidence.
The mobile telecommunications and health research programme (MTHR) spent 11 years studying the issue and has published its final report, saying that it cannot find any evidence of an increase in cancer from the use of mobile phones.
The report also looked into claims that base-stations were harmful, particularly allegations that they are dangerous to pregnant mothers and again was unable to substantiate the claims.
Professor David Coggon, the chairman of MTHR, said "When the MTHR programme was first set up, there were many scientific uncertainties about possible health risks from mobile phones and related technology.
"This independent programme is now complete, and despite exhaustive research, we have found no evidence of risks to health from the radio waves produced by mobile phones or their base stations.
The research programme cost £13.6 million and was jointly funded by the UK government and the mobile industry.
It was overseen by an independent committee to ensure that the funders could not affect the research.
However, despite the research, Professor Coggon warned that it is never possible to rule out some sort of health impact that they are not currently aware of. Just don't worry about cancer.
A new longer term study will look at 100,000 mobile phone users to see if they can detect any other issues that may take decades to show up.