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Mobile phones health risk studied

23rd April 2010

A major study on the safety of using mobile phones has been launched by researchers in London.


Some 250,000 phone users will be recruited from across five different European countries including the UK for a study to last between 20 and 30 years and aiming to provide definitive answers on the health impacts of mobile phones.

While existing research indicates there is no ill effect from the use of mobile phones, scientists remain concerned that those studies may be too short to detect longer term cancers and other diseases.

The study, the largest in the world, is known as Cosmos - the cohort study on mobile communications.

It is being funded in the UK by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, an independent body, for an initial five year period.

Professor Lawrie Challis, from the programme, said: “We still cannot rule out the possibility that mobile phone use causes cancer. The balance of evidence suggests that it does not, but we need to be sure.”

Co-principal investigator of the study, Dr Mireille Toledano from Imperial College London, said with gaps and uncertainties in knowledge surrounding mobile phones it was important to now monitor the health of a large number of users over a long period of time.

She added: "We will be looking at a range of different health outcomes, including other forms of cancers such as skin cancers and other brain disease such as neurodegenerative diseases.”

Mobile phone users will also be recruited in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands for the study.


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