A major study has indicated a possible link between mobile phones and the development of cancer.
This is not the first time that mobile technology has been linked with the debilitating condition, but this new report is one of the most credible to make such a link.
The report is an in-depth peer reviewed study conducted by the US government.
This is thus a major breakthrough in research on this issue, and is one of the most major developments in the ongoing debate on the potential dangers of mobile technology.
Naturally enough, manufacturers involved with the development of mobile phones have always denied any causal link between the technology and cancer.
But in most nations it is mandatory for mobile manufacturers to note on packaging that younger people’s exposure to the technology should be minimised, and for strict guidelines to be provided.
Researchers from the National Toxicology Program exposed male rats to the type of radio frequencies which are commonly emitted by mobile phones.
And the results of the experiment indicated that two separate types of tumour were identifiable in the brains and hearts of the animals.
This lengthy study involved over 2,500 rats and a two-year period, strengthening the conclusions of researchers.
Scientists involved in the study believe that it must be taken extremely seriously, as the health community attempts to understand the potential impacts of mobile technology.
“Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to [radio-frequency radiation] could have broad implications for public health,” the report concludes.
The study is considered to be particularly credible, as it is possibly the largest and most detailed investigation of the subject yet to be published.
And the US government has invested over $25 million in the research program over several years in order to investigate this critical aspect of public health.
While technology companies may remain sceptical and publicly deny the link, experts have opined that such dismissal is simply unfounded.
Ron Melnick, a former National Toxicology Program researcher who reviewed the results, indicated his absolute faith in the conclusions of researchers.
“Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement,” Melnick stated.
It is possible that this study will put an end to a debate that has raged for at least two decades.
The suggestion that mobile phones could be linked with cancer dates back to the 1990s, and the scientific community has been divided on the subject ever since.
While previous research has also made a link between mobile phones and cancer, previous attempts to show a correlation have been discredited for utilising smaller sample sizes.