`Indian research on effects of cell phone more extensive`

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: Indian scientists are doing more
extensive and wide-ranged research on the effects of use of
mobile phones, while the study by WHO is still in research
stage, Minister of State for Family Health and Welfare Dinesh
Trivedi said.

Commenting on World Health Organistion`s research that
heavy use of cell phone could cause cancer, Trivedi said, "(It
is) The same WHO had previously mentioned that there is no
relation between brain cancer and use of cell phones."

"Our Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are doing
research (on the same issue) since last year," he said.

WHO had said heavy use of mobile phones and other
wireless communication devices could possibly cause cancer.

The electromagnetic fields generated by such devices are
"possibly carcinogenic to humans," the International Agency
for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced at the end of an
eight-day meeting yesterday in Lyon, France.

The IARC, which is part of the WHO, cautioned that
current scientific evidence showed only a possible link, not a
proven one, between wireless devices and cancers.

The experts pointed to an increased incidence of glioma,
a malignant type of brain cancer, IARC said in a statement.

Trivedi said Indian researchers are not only doing study
on the use of cell phones and tower related to cancer, "it is
also doing (research) on effects on reproductive system and
neuro-disorders. So it`s absolutely wide ranged." He said WHO
findings were still in research stage.

Reacting to WHO report, a senior ICMR scientist R S
Sharma said the physiological structure of Indians and the
country`s climate are totally different which would have an
impact on the study.

"We Indians have different bone density, muscle
contents... our environmental condition is different. We have
very hot climate, somewhere humidity is too much... All these
factors have got impact," Sharma said.

President of Indian Cellular Association, Pankaj
Mahendroo termed it an old research.

"This is not a new research. They have collaborated old
research and made it a new category," he said.

PTI