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Mobile Phones don’t cause cancer: Dutch health council

The Dutch health council on Wednesday said in a report that the radiation emitted by mobile phones do not cause cancer, but also cautioned that further studies are needed.

The committee studied all the reports from around the world between 2003 and 2005 before announcing that the result has either proved inconclusive or do not meet scientific criteria.

The council also studied the 2003 Dutch TNO study into the effect of UMTS radio base stations, currently the same study is also being carried out in other countries. However this single study can’t prove health damage or a reduced feeling of well-being. the council also differed in its conclusion of other studies carried out in Naila, Germany, and Netanya, in Israel — saying that the design and execution of the study is not sufficient to substantiate that living in the proximity of a base station can cause cancer.

Studies carried out in Hawaii, Sydney, Britain, Vatican and Korea, also couldn’t establish the fact that living in proximity to radio and TV transmitters pose an increased risk of leukemia or any other form of cancer.

The Dutch health council said that “For (malignant) brain tumors, there does not, at this stage, appear to be any association,” and no reason at this stage to discourage mobile phone usage for children older than two years. This statement is based on the fact after it studied a WHO sponsored study called INTERPHONE in 14 countries, which has looked for a relationship between mobile phone usage and brain tumors.

Welcoming the report, MoNet which represents Netherlands mobile telecom carriers, expressed hope that it would encourage authorities to relax rules on where to build new towers and stations. However MoNet should not jump to conclusions as mobile phones and mobile phone towers are quite different in respects to frequency output strength.

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