#1035: Cell Phone Link to Tumors? — “We Don’t Know”
From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:
Tired of waiting for Interphone? Thanks to Professor Bruce Armstrong, you
can now get a good idea of what the final results will show. A world-class
epidemiologist and the head of the Australian Interphone study team based at
the University of Sydney, Armstrong has combined all the available results
published to date and, in a 45-minute lecture, reviews and interprets the
potential tumor risks. His meta-analysis includes the as-yet unpublished
Australian Interphone data.
In a nutshell, Armstrong finds that there are “suggestions” of an increased
risk of brain tumors among long-term users. He advocates a policy of
precaution, especially for children and recommends that RF health research
continue. Armstrong’s fundamental message is “we don’t know” what the cancer
risks really are. This is different from what we’ve heard in the past. Back
in 2000, the Stewart panel in the U.K. also recommended caution, more out of
recognition of our collective ignorance than any hard data. Armstrong is
saying there is now a basis to support such concerns. Yes, the risks are
uncertain and ambiguous, but the possibility that using a cell phone could
lead to a tumor is no longer hypothetical. The risks may be small or they
may be large, but the risks are there. Armstrong, an Interphone insider, has
changed the conversation.
At the same time, Rodney Croft and others at the Australian Centre for
Bioeffects Research (ACBR) in Melbourne dismiss Armstrong’s advice. “I
certainly don’t feel that the science is strong enough at the moment to be
going out there and telling people you should be taking these steps to
protect against your children,” he said.
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Louis Slesin, PhD
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