The electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by transmitting cell phone antennas has been linked to the occurrence of some types of cancer, according to a study by Brazilian researchers.
A statement issued by the Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of SA says the recent Brazilian study has established a direct link between cancer deaths in the city of Belo Horizonte with the antennae of the mobile telephone network, which it reported in Science Hoje, the news portal of the Brazilian Society for Progress Science.
The research was conducted by scientists at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).
Findings, according to Dr Adilza Condessa Dode, UFMG researcher and co-ordinator of the study, indicate that repeated exposure of cell phone users to the electromagnetic radiation transmitted by the device and the antennas is not as safe as shown by other research studies.
According to the study, more than 80% of people who die in Belo Horizonte from specific types of cancer live less than 500 meters away from the 300 identified cell phone antennas in the city.
Between 1996 and 2006, scientists identified a total of 4 924 victims of cancer types that may be caused by electromagnetic radiation. These cancer types include tumours in the prostate, breast, lung, kidneys and liver.