Study finds mobile signals safe

For almost a decade, a cloud has hung over exactly how safe it is to hold a mobile phone up to your ear. Compiling 11 years of research, the British Government funded Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Program (MTHR) has handed down its second independent report into the adverse effects mobile technology has on people’s health including the risk of cancer.

Over 11 years, 31 individual research projects were set up by the MTHR and no evidence was found during the study to suggest that using mobile phones increased the risk of cancer, or that mobile phone emissions during pregnancy boosted the risk of early childhood cancer.

“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,” said the chairman of the MTHR, professor David Coggon.

The report concluded that exposure to mobile phone signals isn’t associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Read the full MTHR report here.
Read more about mobile phones and cancer risk.

Opinion: Case closed? Not quite

The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Program (MTHR) study into the effects of mobile phone use on the health of a person has concluded that short-term use, up to 10 years, has no effect on the risk of cancer. But in the report, the researchers suggest that longer term use has not been fully evaluated and that delayed health effects could still be an issue.

An ongoing study named COSMOS is underway to determine whether mobile phones have delayed effects on people’s health. The study is looking at more than 300,000 European mobile phone users to determine if there are any changes in the frequency of specific symptoms over time, such as headaches and sleep disorders, and also the risks of cancers, benign tumours, neurological and cerebro-vascular diseases.

The mobile phone has been around for more than four decades, but affordability had always been an issue until the late 1990s, when sales sky rocketed to the point where, by the early 2000s, you were in the minority if you didn’t have one. As you can imagine, this makes finding participants for scientific studies who have been constantly using mobile phones for more than a decade much harder to capture.

What do you think? Are you now convinced that mobile phone usage is completely safe or will you continue to limit how long you spend talking on a mobile phone each day?