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Mobile phones worse than smoking

2 April 2008

Mobile phones will surpass asbestos and smoking as a leading danger to public health, causing brain tumors, says a new study by a famous neurosurgeon.

The full impact of mobile phones on brain tumours will be made known in the next four years, according to a study by Dr Vini Khurana, neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital, Australia.

This study is considered as the most damning condemnation of mobile-phone use so far.

In a research paper titled Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours – A Public Health Concern published on his website, Dr Khurana writes: “It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking, and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation. Industry and governments need to take immediate steps to reduce the impact of mobile phone radiation.”

“In the years 2008-2012,” Dr Khurana continues, “we will have reached the appropriate length of follow-up time to begin to definitively observe the impact of this global technology on brain tumour incidence rates. It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking and directly affects all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children.”

Worse, the number of people who survive such a cancer is relatively small. “A malignant brain tumour represents a life-ending diagnosis in the vast majority of those diagnosed. There is a significant and increasing body of evidence – to date at least 8 comprehensive clinical studies internationally and one long-term meta-analysis – for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours.”

Additional use of accessories like hands-free kits “could have a bigger impact than just having a mobile phone,” Dr Khurana warns, adding: “Bluetooth devices and unshielded headsets can convert the user’s head into an effective, potentially self-harming antenna.”

Dr Khurana – one of the word’s top neurosurgeons – reviewed over 100 studies on the effects of mobile phones.

According to the British newspaper The Independent, the latest revelation on the severe health hazards of mobile phones reinforces growing evidence – reported late in 2007 – that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer.

“Cancers take at least a decade to develop, invalidating official safety assurances based on earlier studies which included few, if any, people who had used the phones for that long,” the report in The Independent stressed.

Dr Vini Khurana says on his website that he based his assessment on the fact that 3 billion people now use mobile phones worldwide – which is about 3 times more than people who smoke. (About 5 million people are estimated to die of smoking globally each year.)

Dr Vini Khurana warns that people should avoid using handsets whenever possible and has called on the mobile-phone industry to make the gadgets safer.




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