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Trade group says cellphone cancer claims are inconclusive

Posted on: 10/15/2004

Trade group says cellphone cancer claims are inconclusive

15 October 2004
By Mobile Pipeline News
October 15, 2004 (9:36 AM EST)

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Swedish researchers said this week that there are possible links between long-term use of cellphones and development of a certain type of brain tumor, but the trade organization representing U.S. wireless carriers said that wasn't a reason to jump to conclusions.

The study by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm found evidence that a rare but benign type of brain tumor is four times more likely to occur in individuals who have used cellphones for ten years or more. The tumor, known as acoustic neuromas, is most likely to occur on the side of the head in which the user typically uses the cellphone, the research found.

Overall, the study found the risk of getting the tumors is as much as four times higher in long-term phone users than in non-users. The study is part of a larger research project being conducted by the World Health Organization and covers only analog, not digital phone use.

The institute stressed that the results needed to be corroborated by other researchers. The CTIA, which represents U.S. wireless operators, said the study shouldn't be dismissed, nor should it be considered absolute proof of dangers.

"The wireless industry agrees that more research is needed in this area to provide definitive answers to any questions that might still exist," the organization said in a statement. "Numerous independent scientific bodies have conducted research on possible health effects from using wireless phones and it is widely accepted that no conclusive link can be made."

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