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Can mobile phones really lead to diseases?

Sun, 3rd Apr 2011

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Question

Layne Seed Larson & Egle Jankauskaite, Facebook asked:

Can mobile phones really lead to cancer and other diseases?

Answer

We put this question to Professor Paul Elliott from Imperial College in London..

Paul -   We don't have a biological mechanism to explain why mobile phones might cause cancer.  If you like, the study is taking a long term view because we don't have a mechanism.  As well as looking at cancers, we’ll be looking at other neurological degenerative diseases such as motor neuron disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebrovascular disease.

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