Since mobile phones became an indispensable part of our lives, rumors and claims have been prevalent that the radio waves from mobile phones cause adverse health effects and are possibly causative agents behind cancers.
A long-drawn-out research conducted at one of the UK’s largest program of research, Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, found no such evidence of biological or adverse health effects.
David Coggon, Chairman of MTHR, said – “When the MTHR programme was first set up, there were many scientific uncertainties about possible health risks from mobile phones and related technology. This independent programme is now complete, and despite exhaustive research, we have found no evidence of risks to health from the radio waves produced by mobile phones or their base stations.”
The research took £13.6 million jointly funded by the UK government and the telecommunications industry and 11 long years. The research included number of processes which they segregated into different groups.
In the first group, they demonstrated the relation between radio wave exposure by phone base stations and incidence of any type of cancer. 1400 children who had cancer were studied. Calculations included the distance of the children from the base stations at their births, what output of the station was and what the stations’ power density at that time was.
After inquiring all such factors, no relation was found between an increased risk of cancer in children with the exposure. Thus, disproving the previous belief that mobile phone increases the risk of cancer in unborn children in future and risk of cancer in general.
The second group was about observing the relation of leukemia with use of phone. Some people have claimed that using phone increases the leukemia risk. In fact it made sense as our Jaws and Skull have 13% of our body’s bone marrow (where blood cells are produce and where leukemia starts) and those areas are closest to the phone when it’s used. But the research didn’t find any correlation between leukemia and phone usage. No evidence showed positive correlation in the trend of increasing risk with the time since mobile phone was first used, total years, numbers of calls or hours of use.
Lastly, the researchers wanted to test if the TETRA transmission or the radio signals used by emergency services could result in ‘Electrical Hypersensitivity’ in people who were sensitive to electric field but not one of those people could sense the radio signals. (Note that Electric Field Hypersensitivity is not a medically recognized condition).
After all this research, for some people there is no room left for doubt that mobile phones do not cause any harm to human body or its biological processes in anyway, but for other people – this research is not a proof enough and the researches seem to think so, too. So there are many other researches on way to prove if any such link exists.
Here’s the detail of research: MTHR REPORT
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