Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today's youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones, startling new research indicates.
The study, experts say, raises fears that today's young people may suffer an "epidemic" of the disease in later life. At least nine out of 10 British 16-year-olds have their own handset, as do more than 40 per cent of primary schoolchildren.
Yet investigating dangers to the young has been omitted from a massive £3.1m British investigation of the risks of cancer from using mobile phones, launched this year, even though the official Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) Programme – which is conducting it – admits that the issue is of the "highest priority".
Despite recommendations of an official report that the use of mobiles by children should be "minimised", the Government has done almost nothing to discourage it.
Strong Signal for Cell Phone Effects
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES VOLUME 116, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 2008
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Informant: Martin Weatherall
Mobile phones may raise cancer risk in children
Mobile phone use 'raises children's risk of brain cancer fivefold'
Children who use mobile phones are 'five times more likely to develop brain tumours'
Children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones
Tumour Warning Over Kids' Mobiles
MOBILE PHONES INCREASE CANCER RISK FOR CHILDREN
It might be a good idea to add comments here since this appears to be an online magazine for GP's!!
The Radiation Research Trust conference - update
On 8th & 9th September http://www.radiationresearch.org/conference/
continues to attract an incredible amount of news around the globe. Attention has focused on Lennart Hardell, Professor of Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden and the Swedish team's research indicating children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones. I would like to draw your attention to direct quotes with regards to brain tumours and children taken from some of the PowerPoint presentations from Professor Hardell, Lloyd Morgan, Professor Yury Grigoriev and Dr. David Carpenter.
Professor Lennart Hardell concluded his presentation saying: "There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for acoustic neuroma & glioma after 10 years ipsilateral mobile phone use. Current standard for exposure to microwaves during mobile phone use is not safe for long term tumour risks and needs to be revised."
David O. Carpenter, M.D, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany & Co-Author of the BioInitiative Report has given evidence at the USA Congressional hearing. He also presented at the Radiation Research Trust Conference in London and said "Swedish studies show elevated brain cancer & acoustic neuromas in individuals using a mobile phone for 10 + years. Israeli studies show parotid gland cancers in heavy mobile phone users. There is overwhelming evidence that in general children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental exposures. Unfortunately children are major users of all phones in today's culture."
Professor Yury GRIGORIEV, Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Russia. Professor Grigoriev gave a powerful presentation with regards to children. He said: "The potential risk to children's health is very high and a completely new problem. Use of mobile phones for those under 18 or pregnant should be restricted. Children have a unique vulnerability as they grow and develop; there are "windows of susceptibility" periods when their organs and systems may be particularly sensitive to the effect of certain environmental threats. The existing standards cannot guarantee the safe, healthy development of the next generation."
Lloyd Morgan, Director of the Central Brain Tumour Registry of the United States (USA) also gave a presentation at the Radiation Research Trust conference. Based on a 30 year latency time for brain tumours, he projects there could be up to 1.6 million mobile phone brain tumours in the USA by 2019. At a treatment cost of $250K per patient, this would cost $400 Billion. It would also require 32-fold more neurosurgeons eleven years from now.
Also please read enclosed important statement from ICNIRP Chairman, Paolo Vecchia, see below:
"Info taken from PowerPoint presentation - Professor Paolo Vecchia:
What the ICNIRP guidelines are not:
Mandatory Prescriptions for safety
The "last word" on the issue
Defensive walls for Industry or others
What if long term effects were established?
If available data permit the identification of an adverse effect, but not the detection of a threshold, other risk reducing strategies will have to be used.
ICNIRP should also attempt to analyse the risk in terms of levels of consequences that could be quantified. The acceptability of such risks would, however, be based also on social and economic considerations, and as such fall outside the remit of ICNIRP."
This statement makes it clear that the decision is political and we need the policy makers to take urgent action to adopt biologically based guidelines and not rely on thermal levels only such as the 1998 ICNIRP recommendations.
Brain tumours: How long can the Government and mobile phone companies stay mute?
From Mast Sanity/Mast Network
Cell Phone may Perk up Brain Cancer Risk among Kids
TheMedGuru - Chandigarh, India
But, these handheld devices may put our health in danger, as they have an invisible evil hidden inside known as electromagnetic radiations. ...
Mobile use 'increases cancer risk in children'
The Age - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The concerns over mobile phones stem from the radio frequency or electromagnetic radiation emitted when the phone sends or receives a signal. ...
Mobile phones: They increase cancer risk in children fivefold
What Doctors Don't Tell You - London, UK
The study, prepared for the Bio-Initiative Working Group, is calling for tougher controls on mobile phone usage, and on levels of electro-magnetic radiation ...
The Health Costs of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation
Informant: Dorothee Krien
Research shows mobile phones raise children's risk of brain cancer by five times
While terrifying, this news is not surprising
Mobile warning for children
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