No Link Between Cell Towers, Kids' Cancer Risk

LONDON (AP) - A new study finds no significant increase in cancer risk for children whose mothers lived close to a mobile phone tower while pregnant.

British researchers analyzed 1,397 cancer cases in children up to age 4 from 1999 to 2001 in the United Kingdom. Using a national birth registry, they identified 5,588 similar children without cancer.

Next, they compared how far the children's mothers lived from a cell phone tower and the stations' signal strengths. No significant differences were seen.

The study was funded by Britain's department of health and the mobile telecommunications industry. The research was published in the medical journal, BMJ.

Last month, the results of a major study largely dismissed the connection between cell phones and cancer, though it could not definitively be ruled out.

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