Mobile Phone and Cancer Research Has Run Its Course…For Now
There’s yet another report on cancer and mobile phones. This report is described to be the most all-encompassing into long-term mobile phone use and brain cancer linkage, or lack thereof, that’s been published. Once again, just like the other reports, it found that there’s no link between mobile phone use and brain tumors/cancer. Additionally, there’s also no link to central nervous system damage from mobile phone use.
Conducting the analysis was a group of Danish researchers, doing so in an effort to resolve this longstanding argument. This group had previously published a report back in 2006. On this report extension, they looked at data that was collected, from the years 1990 to 20017, on almost 11,000 tumors in the central nervous system. What the report found, was that cancer rates between those that used mobile phones for a period of 13-years or more was just like that for non-users.
After being extended for an additional period of 5-years, they were still unable to find any evidence that brain tumor risk was increased among the mobile phone subscribers, who totaled almost 360,000, over the entire period of 18-years.
The researchers at that point, just like all of the other people that came before them, have kept an open door to other in-depth studies through stating that there is a risk increase, small to moderate, for the heavy user subgroup. Additionally, they left the door open for those that have longer induction periods than just 10 years to 15 years. Afterwards, this is followed up with suggestions that there should be studies of even larger groups of population.
Who would actually fund the effort is the big question. In the past the wireless industry has received a lot of criticism for the provision of financial support. The answer to the question, at least up until this point, is very unclear. Perhaps it’ll end up falling to whatever government has any remaining enthusiasm for pursuit of the matter.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to accept that any continued research into the, perhaps nonexistent, link of mobile phones and cancer will prove any definitive answer within near-term future. Perhaps the best thing would be to just leave it to rest unresolved.
Obviously there are some arguments against this, the eventual link of cigarettes and health risks, including cancer. Taking this frame of thought the matter shouldn’t be left alone, disguised or at all forgotten. Whatever the “right” thing to do is, the research into the link has completely run its course. That is, at least for now…
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