16 min­utes a day on your mo­bile could cause can­cer

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CHAT­TING on a mo­bile phone for just 16 min­utes a day could cause can­cer, warns a new study.

Sci­en­tists have been con­cerned about the pos­si­ble harm­ful ef­fects of reg­u­lar mo­bile phone use, but there have not been any stud­ies to pro­duce clear re­sults.

How­ever, anal­y­sis of the saliva of mo­bile users re­veals chat­ting for eight hours a month causes higher ox­ida­tive stress, which dam­ages all as­pects of a hu­man cell – in­clud­ing DNA – though de­vel­op­ment of toxic per­ox­ide and free rad­i­cals.

Higher ox­ida­tive stress is a ma­jor risk fac­tor for can­cer, said the re­searchers from Tel Aviv Univer­sity in Is­rael.

Mo­bile phones are cur­rently clas­si­fied as car­cino­genic cat­e­gory 2b – po­ten­tially car­cino­genic to hu­mans – by the In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer (IARC).

Re­searchers ex­am­ined saliva con­tent of 20 heavy phone users, who spoke on their phones for a min­i­mum of eight hours a month – al­though most speak for as many as 30 to 40 hours a month.

A spokesman for the UK Mo­bile Op­er­a­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion de­scribed the team’s find­ings as “flawed”.

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