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Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the report of Interphone. (251747)

Interphone is a multinational collaborative population study set up to help determine whether the radio frequency radiation emitted by mobile phones contributes to a cancer risk. It is not in the gift of the Department to publish the results. The study team, based at the International Centre for Research on Cancer in France issued an update on its website in October 2008. This can be found at:

www.iarc.fr/en/ResearchGroups/ClustersGroups/BiostatisticsandEpidemiologyCluster/Radiation-Group/INTERPHONE-Results-latest-update-8-October-2008

Although the whole study has not been published in full, many of the collaborating research centres have already published their own individual results in scientific journals. The United Kingdom based Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) programme has supported two of the interphone centres and details of these studies with a list of publications can be found on the MTHR website at:

www.mthr.org.uk/research_projects/research.htm

The 2007 MTHR report on the full range of studies supported under the MTHR programme can also be found at this website.