Cancer studies for mobile phone users

Mobile phone users may soon find out whether long-term use increases the risk of developing brain cancer.

Claimed as a world-first study, researchers at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, will use human brain cells taken from dead tissue to test the long-term effects of mobile phone radiation. The study will test the theory that chronic mobile phone use exposes the brain cells to heat shock proteins which evidence suggests causes the cells to become dysfunctional and possibly cancerous. Previous studies have only tested short term exposure to mobile phone radiation.

The research will either prove the theory, show that there is no effect on the brain cells through chronic mobile phone use or determine whether the brain cells become immune to the radiation emitted from mobiles.

Preliminary findings are expected in about three months with the full results published by the end of the year.

The Sydney Morning Herald, p4, 11/01/02
The Australian, p3, 11/01/02