A recently published study by Prof. Simon Chapman et al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27156022 looked at brain tumour statistics maintained by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) along with mobile phone subscription data and came to the following conclusion:
“The observed stability of brain cancer incidence in Australia between 1982 and 2012 in all age groups except in those over 70 years compared to increasing modelled expected estimates, suggests that the observed increases in brain cancer incidence in the older age group are unlikely to be related to mobile phone use.”
This half-baked study resulted in a flurry of spurious and sensational claims of mobile phone safety in newspapers around the world.
“It’s safe: Mobile Phones DON’T cause cancer, new study say” in the UK press http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/668018/mobile-phones-no-cancer-university-study-says
Chapman’s findings were also the topic of discussion at the recent Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG) meeting hosted by ARPANSA on the 24th of May. The Panel of Experts were suggesting that we are not seeing a rise in cases that would be expected if Mobile Phone radiation caused brain tumours. Of course, this view appears to be short-sighted as the latency period for brain tumour formation as a result of Mobile Phone radiation exposure is unknown and Mobile Phone usage (not subscription) has only really taken off in the last 10 – 15 years. Mr Weller, who is Stop Smart Meters public representative on EMERG, submitted his own review of Chapman’s paper to the committee which highlighted many serious deficiencies: Brain Cancer Research Review – EMERG
Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals;
$25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors
A day after the EMERG meeting a serious development occurred with the leaking of results of an important animal study being performed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP). The study found Mobile Phones cause the same tumours that we find in humans to occur in exposed rats. This story was published by the known-to-be-well-informed Microwave News
Armed with this knowledge it is extremely saddening to read tragic stories like this one Business-executive-claimed-spending-six-hours-day-mobile-gave-cancer-dies-aged-44 because they could have possibly been avoided if there had been honesty in the advice given to the public.
In an ideal World this advice would include:
- Recommending limiting the usage of mobile phones until safety could be confirmed; and
- Encourage mobile phone manufacturers to incorporate protective features in mobile devices with the aim of reducing the amount of radiation being directed into our heads