Evidence “increasingly against” phone cancer risk

LONDON, (Reuters) – Despite a recent move to classify  mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence  increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain  tumours, according to a new study yesterday.

A major review of previously published research by a  committee of experts from Britain, the United States and Sweden  concluded there was no convincing evidence of any cancer  connection.
It also found a lack of established biological mechanisms by  which radio signals from mobile phones might trigger tumours.

“Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the  accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis  that mobile phone use can cause brain tumours in adults,” the  experts wrote in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The latest paper comes just two months after the World  Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on  Cancer (IARC) decided cellphone use should be classified as  “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

Anthony Swerdlow of Britain’s Institute of Cancer Research,  who led the new review, told Reuters the two positions were not  necessarily contradictory, since the IARC needed to put mobile  phones into a pre-defined risk category.

“We are trying to say in plain English what we believe the  relationship is. They (IARC) were trying to classify the risk  according to a pre-set classification system,” Swerdlow said.

Other things deemed by the IARC to be possibly carcinogenic  include items as diverse as lead, pickled vegetables and coffee.

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