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June 24th, 2010
04:15 PM ET

Study: No link for childhood cancers, cell phone towers

By Ann J. Curley
CNN Medical News Assignment Manager

A new British study finds no connection between early childhood cancer risk and pregnant mothers' exposure to cell phone towers. The study is published in the June 24 edition of the British Medical Journal.

The BMJ article notes that cell phone use in the U.K. has grown tremendously - from just under 9 million connections in 1997 to almost 74 million in 2007 - and worldwide there are over 4 billion cell phone connections.

Questions have been raised about possible health conditions tied to the use of cell phones, including brain and other cancers, especially after high use of cell phones. Public surveys have found high levels of concern about the potential risks of living near cell phone towers.

In May 2010, long-awaited data from an international cell phone study found no link between cell phone use and brain tumor rates; however, the study deemed their results "not definitive", calling for more research, and critics of the study assailed the methodology of the report published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

To analyze cell phone towers' potential risks, U.K. researchers compared British data on childhood cancer rates of children between zero and four years old, and cross-referenced them with cell phone tower locations. The researchers found no association between cancer risk in young children and cell phone tower exposures during their mothers' pregnancies.

An accompanying editorial by John Bithell from the Childhood Cancer Research Group at the University of Oxford says medical caregivers should tell patients not to worry about living near mobile phone towers, saying "moving away from a mast, with all its stresses and costs, cannot be justified on health grounds in the light of current evidence."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jen

    Yeah.
    Let me guess.....the cell phone companies helped "fund" this study, right? As they do ALL these studies that find out everything's fine.
    I think I'll still use caution, thanks anyway!

    June 24, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taketoshi

      Some calling cards will dalspiy your number, other calling cards will dalspiy the calling card number, and the rest of the calling cards will dalspiy private number, restricted number, or unknown number.

      October 14, 2012 at 01:01 | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    More cell phone industry lies. Notice there's no data, no numbers and no description of the study.

    June 25, 2010 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. doubtful

    Who paid for this study? Maybe the cell phone companies!

    June 25, 2010 at 07:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. joey catellano

    What do u bet that the study was paid for the the cell phone industry. I think it should be the law that any advertising of ANY study has to have a disclaimer of who funded the study.

    June 25, 2010 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Childhood leukemia's have been steadily rising, if not from all of the microwave energy that American's are exposed to on a daily basis, then what does Dr. Gupta think is causing the increase in numbers of childhood leukemia's?

    US Recon Satellite with ground penetrating Radar would be thousands of times stronger than the average Cell Tower microwave radiation. Those are swept upon the American public and across America on a regular basis. What does Dr. Gupta think about the effects of a ground penetrating radar beam on American's children? If that microwave radiation penetrates thru 100 feet of earth, concrete and rock, it certainly would penetrate thru a child's 1/8 inch thick skull.

    June 27, 2010 at 04:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mark Doung

    You can go by maps that have been produced when the pipes were installed, but normally these maps are uncovered to be inaccurate and substantially expense and delay incurred on account of pipes or cables currently being broken. And in some instances of course, the old maps have already been mislaid or lost in floods or fire and so cannot be utilized in any way.
    Thanks.
    Concrete NDT

    October 15, 2012 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply

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