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Mobile phones probably don't cause cancer, says new report

Mobile phones probably don't cause cancer after all, according to boffins from Britain, Sweden and the US. They haven't ruled out negative effects on younger phone users, however.

Mobile phones probably don't cause cancer after all, according to a new study from boffins in Britain, Sweden and the US.

The brainiacs concluded that "the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile-phone use can cause brain tumours in adults". The researchers haven't ruled out negative effects on younger phone users, however.

Reuters reports that the team of scientists also found nobody could really say how radio signals from phones might trigger tumours. The committee was led by Anthony Swerdlow of Britain's Institute of Cancer Research, who also chairs the committee at the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection that sets guidelines on radiation limits.

The World Health Organization recently suggested phones could possibly cause cancer. An international research team looked at a range of studies and found no concrete evidence either linking radio-frequency electromagnetic fields with cancer or ruling out such a link. The panel called for more research.

We recently took a look at the radiation emitted by mobile phones, and discovered that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro gives off the highest radiation level -- but it's still a negligible amount.

The effect of technology and its invisible connections upon our bonces and our surroundings is much debated, but definitive results are yet to be found. It's not just our noggins that could be affected by signals bouncing about the place: a recent Dutch study claimed that Wi-Fi damages trees -- a sobering thought for nature lovers.

Are you worried about the effect of mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other gadget goings-on on your health, or the health of your friends and family? From keeping your mobile in a different pocket to sleeping in a tin-foil cocoon, what precautions do you take against the invisible wires of our technology? Tell us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.