16 minutes a day on your mobile could cause cancer
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”.