Contrary to the article titled 'Mobile phone cancer claims mount' (South China Morning Post, May 24), recent Swedish research, by a Dr Lennart Hardell, found no link between mobile phones and brain tumours.
This research, in fact, confirmed the view of leading scientists and health authorities around the world that there is no biological, medical, or statistical basis to assert a link between mobile phone use and increased rates of brain cancer.
Regarding the study, the British National Radiological Protection Board said in a response statement to recent media coverage: 'We have reviewed page proofs of the study, due to be published in the International Journal of Oncology, and have the following comments to make.
'The new Swedish study does not indicate an overall raised risk of brain tumours associated with mobile phone use. It lacks statistical precision to draw conclusions on specific aspects of phone use and tumour location. The authors state that 'In his study we did not find an overall increased risk for brain tumours associated with exposure to cellular phones'.' The Swedish research, a preliminary study, looked at a group of Swedish people, with brain cancer (209) and a control group (425) without the disease. They were asked to recall their mobile phone usage patterns over previous years using written and phone questionnaires. The study was looking for a link between recalled mobile phone use and brain cancer incidence and found none.
This study confirms the scientific consensus based on the accumulated knowledge from years of research, that there is no substantiated scientific evidence of a link between mobile phone use and cancer of any sought.
Unfortunately, the results of recent studies have been misrepresented to countless consumers around the world.
PETER RUSSELL Executive Director Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association