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CAP calls for ban on mobile phones
Malaysia Created: 28 May 2008
The Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) has called for the ban on the usage of mobile phones. Its president S.M. Mohamed Idris said a renowned US-based neurosurgeon had warned recently that mobile phones could be a greater threat to human health than smok ing and even asbestos.
"This latest alert indicates that using mobile phones for more than 10 years could more than double the risk of brain cancer," Idris said, citing a study by neurosurgeon Dr Vini Khurana.

Speaking at the CAP office today, Idris said the study by Dr Khurana revealed that there was significant and increasing evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours.

He said Dr Khurana had also called for a solid scientific study to observe heavy mobile phone users for a period of at least 10 to 15 years as cancer would take at least a decade to develop.

"This is because previous studies, which found no evidence of a link between mobile usage and an increased risk of cancer, often did not include enough long-term mobile phone users in their study sample," Idris, quoting Dr Khurana, said.
Dr Khurana, in his study, had also noted that mobile phone users were as young as three years old.

Idris said CAP had been against the use of mobile phones for many years.

"In view of the fact that mobile phones could represent a public health time-bomb, CAP urges the government to take appropriate measures to address the problem.

"Many mobile phone users do not realise that they are actually putting a potent transmitter, which emits microwave radiation that affects the body system, next to their head everyday," he said, adding that parents should not allow their children to use mobile phones.
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Source: New Straits Times, Melissa Darlyne Chow, 28 May 2008

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