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Mobile phones are unlikely to cause brain tumours, report says

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 04 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4235
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

A committee of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has concluded after a comprehensive review that there is little cause for concern about the suggested link between mobile phone use and brain tumours.

“Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumours in adults,” say the committee members in their review, published on 1 July in Environmental Health Perspectives (doi:10.1289/ehp.1103693).

The committee, chaired by Anthony Swerdlow of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, considered …

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