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First-generation mobile telephones almost double the risks of contracting cancer, according to a Swedish medical study published on August 23. The research programme, conducted between 1997 and 2000 on 1,617 patients with a brain tumours monitored by Sweden's national institute on life at work in Umeaa (450 km north of Stockholm) and treated at Oerebro University hospital (160 km West of Stockholm). "NMT (Nordic Mobil Telephone) users should be careful", according to Professor Kjell Hansson Mild of the Swedish Institute, who launched the research programme in association with Professor Lennart Hardell of the University hospital. NMT mobile telephone users are 1.3 times more likely to contract a brain tumour than users of other mobile telephones, a risk that rises to 1.8 times after ten years use of NMT, according to the study.

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