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For those who have health concerns about personal or workplace use of mobile phones or an interest in understanding the risk implications revealed by the latest research from Hardell and Carlberg, a good place to start your reading is with the publications below.
These publications show the existing mainstream view of authorities prior to this latest research:
This Fact Sheet clearly states at the beginning that:
"There is no clear evidence in the existing scientific literature that the use of mobile telephones poses any long-term health hazard (although the possibility of a small risk cannot be ruled out)"
However it would be a mistake to conclude from this that you don't need to know more. The Fact Sheet includes an overview of some of the research on the subject and statements such as:
“A few animal studies suggest that exposure to weak RF fields can accelerate the development of cancer. Further studies are required to establish their reproducibility and the existence or otherwise of a dose-response relationship. Whether these results are relevant to users of mobile telephones is not clear. In any event, these results cannot be dismissed at this stage.”
“On the specific issue of brain cancer occurring in users of these telephones, it is important to note that such cancers existed before the introduction of mobile telephones. It is simply not possible to identify the cause of any single case of cancer. Long-term studies to investigate whether mobile telephone users have a greater incidence of, say, brain cancer than the general population have not been completed.”
This informative Fact Sheet includes data such as:
The risk handling that is recommended by ARPANSA and other bodies is based upon risk minimisation and includes:
The WHO and the IARC both refer to the need for further research. Highly respected researchers, Dr. Lennart Hardell, a professor of Oncology at University of Örebro in Sweden, and statistician Michael Carlberg from the same University have now completed their latest research on the health risks of mobile phone use. It includes long term heavy mobile phone use of greater than 25 years.
Their research was published online on the 28th of October 2014 ahead of publication in print. (See Reference 4)
The research released is somewhat technical and is not in a form that can be easily understood by a layperson. However it is clear that they have concluded that:
At some point the WHO, IARC, and ARPANSA will consider the results of the Hardell and Carlberg research and publish their views and recommendations.
According to the WHO Fact Sheet 193 the “WHO will conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radio frequency fields exposure by 2016.”
Meanwhile others will no doubt make and publish their evaluations of the implications of the latest research. For example see Reference 5, which provides key points of the results in plain language.
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