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General Health : Environment Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Mobile phones riskier than smoking
By Ben Wasserman
Mar 31, 2008 - 12:44:32 PM

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MONDAY March 31, 2008 ( -- A comprehensive review study conducted by Dr. Vini G. Khurana and published on his website on March 20 shows convincing evidence that use of mobile phone increases risk of brain tumors and that mobile phones may be more dangerous than asbestos and smoking.

The author found those who used mobile phones for a long term would increase their risk of brain tumor on the side of the head a mobile phone is preferably used against by a factor of 2-4 folds.

Currently three billion people worldwide use mobile phones, three times higher than the number of people who smoke. Smoking kills an estimated five million a year.

Dr. Khurana, staff specialist neurosurgeon at The Canberra Hospital and associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Australian National University Medical School in Australia, reviewed more than 100 published studies and reports and concluded that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones damages the brain and induces both benign and malignant brain tumors.

He advised that people should avoid using mobile phones whenever possible and called on the government and industry to take immediate steps, which are technically available, to reduce radiation exposure through radio-wave-based devices including mobile phones.

He predicted that "in the years 2008-2012, we will have reached the appropriate length of follow-up time to begin to definitively observe the impact of this global technology on brain tumor incidence rates" as the latency period from exposure to mobile phone radiation to diagnosis of malignant brain tumor ranges from 10 to 20 years.

Dr. Khurana said the effect of electromagnetic radiation is likely cumulative and long term and susceptibility to the magnitude of the effect may vary from person to person.  

Especially he recommended the following;

1) Use a regular land-line phone instead of mobile phones'
2) When mobile phone needs to be used, turn on speaker mode and held it >20 cm away from the head;
3) Minimize use current Bluetooth devices and unshielded headphone accessories for mobile phones;
4) Reduce the time spent using mobile and cordless phones for all adults;
5) Restrict use of mobile and cordless phones by children only for emergency.

The Mobile Operators Association representing the five UK mobile phone network operators was cited as saying last week that Dr. Khurana's study is selective and not balanced and is inconsistent to the conclusion of the World Health Organization and more than 30 other independent scientific reviews.

The association between use of mobile phones and brain tumors has been studied quite extensively. Generally, short term studies did not find the link while long term studies tend to show the link, according to a health observer affiliated with  

Radio wave from mobile phones is far much stronger than the radio wave emitted from radio and TV towers, which a scientist has found is associated with higher risk of leukemia and potentially breast cancer as well.  The evidence is strong enough that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones can cause harm, according to Dr. Khurana.

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