Scientists Question Cell Phone Cancer Study: Cell Phone Link To Cancer May Be Real
Scientists from the Environmental Health Trust are disputing the result of a study on the cell phone link to cancer. On April 5, 2012, ABC News reported on a “Letter to the Editor” authored by the Environmental Health Trust that pointed out flaws in a July 2011 cell phone cancer study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In spite of the study’s finding that did not conclude on a cell phone link to cancer, the Environmental Health Trust found that the study’s data indicates a 115 percent increase in brain tumor risk in children after using a cell phone for two years or more. Lloyd Morgan, a senior research fellow at the Environmental Health Trust and one of the authors of the letter, commented, “For [the researchers] to just state that we don’t think there’s a problem is, for me, quite mystifying.” Morgan called the cell phone cancer study “sloppy,” and noted: “There’s every indication that this study actually found that children have a doubled risk of brain cancer.”
Dissecting The Flaws Of Earlier Cell Phone Cancer Study
Researchers at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute conducted the cell phone cancer study at the heart of this controversy. The study interviewed 352 children who had been diagnosed with brain cancer from ages 7 to 19 about their cell phone use, and compared their answers with those of 646 healthy children and teenagers. The July 2011 cell phone cancer study did not find a cell phone link to cancer in children. However, the author of the cell phone cancer study, Martin Roosli, admitted its limitations. Researchers only studied a small number of children, and cannot “rule out the possibility that mobile phones confer a small increase in risk.”
The July 2011 cell phone cancer study was the first to examine the link between cell phone use and the risk of brain tumors in children and adolescents, though prior studies on cell phone radiation have found a cell phone link to cancer in adults. Although researchers of this study argued “against a causal association” between cell phone use and brain tumors, outside experts believe there is still cause for concern. Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health, told ABC News, “You can’t prove that it’s cell phone radiation, but we certainly have a smoking gun.”
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