Study announced into use of mobile phones and long-term impact on health

In collaboration with the Press Association

A study that will consider mobile phone use and its impact on health is to be launched by the Department of Health and the mobile phone industry.

The £3 million study will run over five years, examining mobile use and the occurrence of serious diseases including cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

More than 200,000 volunteers are to take part, including some who have used mobile phones for more than ten years.

"Rigorous scientific research is the only reliable way to find out whether factors, such as mobile phone use, can cause cancer," said Dr Emma Knight of Cancer Research UK.

"Many studies around the world have found no evidence of an increased risk of cancer due to mobiles, but we cannot yet be sure about the long-term effects of their use.

"Any research that helps us understand what affects our risk of cancer is welcome."

The largest study of mobile phone use yet, involving 420,000 users over the course of 21 years in Denmark, did not find a link between cancer and mobile phone use.

The study will be conducted by Professor Lawrie Challis of the University of Nottingham.