Cordless phones could raise risk of tumours - Cordless home phones sparks radiation fear

An interesting report in today's Daily Mail about a study in Sweden which suggests that users of digital cordless phones have a 50% higher chance of getting acoustic neuroma than those who don't. Apparently, the risk is increased after 5 years' use.

Even more interesting (and disturbing): "Dr Michael Clark, a radiation expert at the HPA, said that while the base unit of a cordless phone is a kind of transmitter, it operates at much lower levels than a mobile and is not held against the head like a cellphone. He would therefore be surprised if it were found to cause tumours. He added that the Swedish team was re-analysing old data and had found an association, rather than direct proof that using phones can cause tumours."

David Baron


Cordless home phones sparks radiation fear
Metro 08:41am 6th February 2006

Cordless phone: Emits radiation Forget the health scares over mobile phones - the real danger could be the cordless landline in your home.

New research shows the base stations of some cordless phones emit twice as much radiation as a mobile phone mast.

Electromagnetic fields of up to six volts per metre were discovered at close range, compared with safe levels of 0.05 volts.

Unlike mobile phones, the base stations put out radiation even when they are not in use, the study by Swedish scientists showed.

The findings may show that digital enhanced cordless telephones (DECT) put people at risk of brain tumours, say campaign groups.

Campaigners recommend phone switch

They recommend users switch to a different type of phone.

"If you have a DECT with a base station in your house then you are filling your home with pulsing microwaves," said Alasdair Philips, of environmental pressure group Powerwatch.

The Health Protection Agency, which protects public health in Britain, said it would look at the study but did not think DECTs were dangerous.

However, the HPA conceded there was an "increased association" between acoustic neuromas - a type of benign growth in the ear which could cause deafness - and electromagnetic fields.

"It is something to be suspicious of but we are not saying it is causal," the HPA said. "Newer DECT base stations only switch on when they are in use and we support such precautionary measures."

British Telecom said there was no conclusive scientific evidence to show that DECTs were unsafe.

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