Mobile phones aren't killers

It seems that the scientific community still can’t make its mind up over whether using a mobile phone will turn your brain into a cancerous lump.

A while back we had World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deciding mobiles should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and using a mobile phone would result in brain cells being fried and served in a white wine sauce.

However, now another review claims that it does no such thing.

This review of previously published research, by a committee of experts from Britain, the United States and Sweden, concluded there was no convincing evidence of any cancer connection.

It also found a lack of biological mechanisms by which radio signals from mobile phones might do the damage.

The research, which was published by Environmental Health Perspectives, which we get for the interesting horoscopes, said that everything was uncertain. We guess that if certainty is uncertain too then the universe is in a bad way.

The experts penned that the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly “against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults.”

Anthony Swerdlow of Britain’s Institute of Cancer Research, who led the new review, told Reuters the two positions were “not necessarily contradictory”, although we would have thought that reaching opposite conclusions was a little contradictory.

He said that the IARC needed to put mobile phones into a pre-defined risk category whereas his report said in plain English what he believes the relationship is.

Swerdlow pointed out that in the past the IARC has said that pickled vegetables and coffee could cause cancer, too.