A new report throws some more fire on the cell phones and cancer debate.
The 10-year Interphone study reports there is no link between cell phone use and increased risk of brain cancer. The data does show an increased risk for some cell phone users, but researchers say the possibility of errors prevents them from drawing any hard conclusions.
Observers have found one reason to question the validity of the research: The study, coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, was partially funded by the telecom industry, ComputerWorld reports.
So what’s the real story? Even without a conclusive study, doctors have been warning users about the risk and recommending the use of hands-free headsets during long conversations.
Overall, the conclusion seems to be that more research needs to be done. Several other studies are searching for answers, though the question of long-term effects won’t be known for some time — there’s no data on cell phone use going back more than 15 years.