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brianct
# Posted: 13 Apr 2011 01:56
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Cell Phones and Cancer: the Risk is Real
By RUSSELL MOKHIBER

http://www.counterpunch.org/mokhiber04122011.html

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 13 Apr 2011 03:40
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It's interesting that she says even a tripling of the brain cancer rate will not happen in her lifetime. I think cases of brain cancers (even if they are not given as the diagnosis, and instead passed of as some disease of the brain) WILL easily triple in a very short time. Simply because of three factors; the heavy, constant usage by close to 100% of people, the new strengths of smartphones (which completely dwarf the effects of previous mobiles, a fact which is *again* overlooked in this article), and the prevalance of masts and other transmitting devices in every part of our life.

Devra Davis may not think the bomb is going off any time soon, but it is.

EG.

Will
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# Posted: 1 Jun 2011 13:56 - Edited by: Will
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Well, well! An admission from WHO eventually.
http://news.google.co.uk/news/more?pz=1&cf=all&ned=uk&topic=m&ncl=dn2g_D4AMMBoQ8Mrqeg ZIQHDfKHtM
Odd reaction from Ed Yong, of Cancer Research UK:
"The vast majority of existing studies have not found a link between phones and cancer and, if such a link exists, it is unlikely to be a large one."s
Nonsense! The significance is in the fact that EVERYONE uses a mobile.

Dismissal from Prof Malcolm Sperrin, Director of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering at Royal Berkshire Hospital:
"The categorization was justified but it should also be stated that electromagnetic field exposure is not new - witness the regular usage of radio and other waves for many decades with no convincing health detriment at low powers."
This is spurious as radio is significantly different to microwave.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 1 Jun 2011 17:46
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Will, this is a common theme with any rebuttal or downplaying of the risks with EMR/Wi-Fi. The same, deliberate statements about mobile use somehow not being almost 100% in the world now, and the failure (again, deliberate) to distinguish between radio waves and microwaves.

Intentional misdirection, I'd say.

Also, yet again the elephant in the room with all these discussions, reports and press releases are the MASTS themselves. They continue to treat this problem as though it's just a few people holding a small mobile phone on their ear - instead of saturated use of smartphone technology via blanket wi-fi/3G networks!

EG.

Will
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# Posted: 1 Jun 2011 20:16
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I am aware of the downplaying and could understand the profs point of view since he is undoubtedly involved with X-rays and stuff but not a spokesman for CRUK.

Turns out he is actually a freelance journalist.
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/edyong

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 1 Jun 2011 20:26
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Which begs the question - why would a freelance journo be a Cancer Charity's spokesman? How strange.

EG.

ES
# Posted: 1 Jun 2011 23:09
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Why are CRUK reticent about attributing cancers to mobile phones etc.?

Because their funding for their Li Ka Shing Research Building came from Hutchinson [now 3]. Li Ka Shing was the head of Hutchinson Whampoa Limited at the time.
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Whampoa Hutchinson Press Release
For Immediate Release
20 May 2002

State-of-the-art cancer research centre opens in Cambridge
Supported by a £5.3 million donation from Hutchison Whampoa
A state-of-the-art cancer research centre was officially opened at the Cambridge University by Mr Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd; and Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation, on 18 May 2002.

Named the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, the project arises from a collaboration between the Medical Research Council (MRC), the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK. Construction of the new building was made possible by a £5.3 million donation from Hutchison Whampoa Limited, to match funding from the MRC.

Mr Li Ka-shing said: "We are pleased to be joining force with a world leading University and the Medical Research Council to further the study on cancer. Cancer is now the number one killing disease. Through medical research and practical applications, we hope that we are able to find better cure and prevention of this disease, and therefore benefit all mankind."

Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation, said, "Cancer is one of the biggest killers in this country, and the Government has made tackling the disease one of its central priorities. This centre forms a key part of our drive to strengthen cancer research in the UK, and we greatly appreciate the extremely generous donation of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd to it."

With the opening of the Centre, there are more opportunities to exploit research knowledge for the benefit of cancer patients. The aim of the Centre is to bring basic research in cell biology and genetics toward application for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Toward this end, the building has been designed to optimize interactions, especially those between medical doctors and basic laboratory researchers. The Centre is built adjacent to Addenbrookes Hospital to enable scientists and clinicians to work closely with patients.

State-of-the-art equipment is also available in core resources, including those for DNA sequencing, molecular cytogenetics and molecular pathology. These facilities allow analysis of tumour cells and tissues to detect gene mutations and changes in chromosomes and cancer markers.

For more information, please visit the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre website at http://www.hutchison-mrc.cam.ac.uk/

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 2 Jun 2011 00:45
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Well, what a surprise!

Telecom company funds/buys off (delete according to taste) Cancer research trust. So the people likely to find a connection between phones and cancer have conflicts of interest due to telecoms money involved.

I'm constantly reminded of the Richard Littlejohn catchphrase to describe things which are so outrageous/corrupt/ridicoulous they defy reason - "you couldn't make it up".

EG.

ES
# Posted: 4 Jun 2011 13:03
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This article by Geoff Lean was in the printed version of the Daily Telegraph page 27 today 4.6.11 - but not on the online version - so I have typed it out.

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Geoff Lean
No one can say that they weren't warned about mobiles

It's official. The World Health Organisation has finally - in the face of growing evidence that using them for 10 years or more increases the risk of developing brain cancer - classified mobile phones as a "possible carcinogen".

This is a particularly important development, since the UN agency has, in the past, been at the forefront of denying any danger. But it has now realised the important effect on public health "as the number of users is large and growing, particularly among young adults and children".

It can say that again. Five billion handsets are in use worldwide, and the young are especially susceptible to the disease. Since cancers normally take decades to develop, the possibility that some are emerging after 10 years suggests that mobiles may be a particularly potent carcinogen.

The WHO verdict should be a wake-up call for the industry. While no one is suggesting that phones are banned, a tiny fraction of the vast sums lavished on developing new gizmos could certainly be redirected to fund research into reducing radiation levels. This is hardly difficult considering that emissions vary enormously between handsets. It would also help if companies were forced to display radiation levels prominently. If the industry refuses, it runs the risk of having to pay much greater compensation than even the cigarette companies. And , now, no one can plead ignorance.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 5 Jun 2011 19:28
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Thanks for posting this, ES! I am assuming he is the same chap as Geoffrey Lean, the enviromental columnist who seems to have a regular Telegraph blog (but as you say, this isn't on there yet). It's about time more people in the media spoke up.

EG.

Will
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# Posted: 6 Jun 2011 12:35
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Thanks ES, I could smell the bull**** straight away. That clears that up.

Will
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# Posted: 4 Jul 2011 13:54
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Telegraph ran this on Friday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8606104/Mobile-phones-cause-five-fold-increase-in-b rain-cancer-risk.html
quickly buried by a rake of articles on Saturday of a meta-study report saying the opposite. Coincidence? I think not. Classic cover-up tactics.

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