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Mobile Phones and Cancer

You know, you get those forwards that have to do with cancer and mobile phones and then everyone tells you “NNAAAAAAHHHH” and especially the mobile phone companies tell you “NAAAHH!!” and act like you are some conspiracy-theory crazy who sees dark designs behind the most commonplace everyday event.

This is on BBC Health News. Objective studies aren’t so sure. And few studies have looked at long term use of mobile phones.

Here is a summary of the story:

Cancer Doubt Remains Over Mobiles

The long-term cancer risk of mobile phone use cannot be ruled out, experts have concluded.
A major six-year research programme found a “hint” of a higher cancer risk.

But the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHRP) did rule out short-term adverse effects to brain and cell function.

Researchers are now expanding the programme to look at phone use over 10 years, and the specific impact on children, which has not been studied.

And here is where you can read the whole article: BBC Health.

September 13, 2007 - Posted by | Communication, Health Issues, News, Statistics, Technical Issue


  1. you know, I went through like a dozen of those articles & yes it is serious bas I sat down thinking what would not cause us catching diseases or getting sick now adays! Nothing is safe any more .. eh !

    Comment by chikapappi | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. I knew it! Those damn cell phones. I despise talking on the phone, certain phones are worse than others. The last phone I used was the Virgin – brandless flip phone, and it just gave me severe ear pains if I used it for more than two minutes. I currently don’t have a cell phone, but whenever I get one, it better be good to my ears.

    I heard there is this clinic or hospital in Kuwait City that has a list of phones that cause cancer or ear infections. They placed a big poster by their main entrance, with every specific brand and model of each doomed phone in Kuwait. Do you know what I’m talking about?

    Comment by nQ | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Chikapappi, this article says that it is borderline, whether the possibilities are statistical possibilities or not. Earlier studies (paid for by the mobil phone companies) showed NO danger, but people suspect they may have had some bias (no kidding) I don’t know if they are dangerous, but I think it bears watching, don’t you?

    nQ – No! I haven’t seen that chart, I’ve never even heard of it before? Is that for real?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. We’ll be waiting for results! Until then, I doubt my, or anyone else’s usage will change.

    Comment by N. | September 14, 2007 | Reply

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