Thursday 20 July 2017

My phone's ringing a note of caution after the latest study on mobiles and cancer

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Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

A government- backed US study has shown a link between mobile phones and cancer. Since mobile phones first became glued to our heads, scientists have been debating whether they affect our health. The findings have been inconclusive . . . until now.

To try to pin down the answer to 'are mobile phones dangerous?', the US government set in motion an extensive study that began more than 10 years ago. Its initial findings, released this week, show a link between mobile phones and cancer.

"Where people were saying there's no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement," said Ron Melnick, who ran the National Toxicity Program (NTP) project before retiring in 2009.

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