Here be Dragons
2nd July 2011: BBC headline “Mobile phones ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer”. Health reporter James Gallagher explains that:
Mounting evidence suggests there is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer, according to a review by the Institute of Cancer Research.
The report is discussing a review by the Institute of Cancer Research of a study by the World Health Organisation.
31st May 2011: BBC headline “Mobiles ‘may cause brain cancer’”. Health reporter James Gallagher reported on the WHO study itself:
The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency says mobile phones are “possibly carcinogenic”.
A review of evidence suggests an increased risk of a malignant type of brain cancer cannot be ruled out.
All this follows on from a report on 17th May 2010 headlined “No proof of mobile cancer risk, major study concludes”, which reported that:
Using a mobile phone does not appear to increase the risk of developing certain types of brain cancer, the largest study of its kind has concluded.
Analysis of more than 10,000 people by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found no relationship between years of use and risk.
Or how about this from 30th August 2005, headlined Mobile phone cancer link rejected”, in which the BBC reported that:
Mobile phone use does not raise the risk of cancer, at least in the first 10 years of use, the largest investigation to date shows.
The latest Institute of Cancer Research work includes data from five European countries and more than 4,000 people.
Want to go back a little further?
11th April 2005, and the BBC, under the headline “Mobile phones ‘safe for brains’”, reported that:
Using a mobile phone does not increase the risk of developing a brain tumour, the latest research suggests.
The Danish study, which appears in the journal Neurology, involved more than 1,000 people.
All the reports do have one thing in common. They all conclude that “more research is needed”.
How much is enough, I wonder?