Over in the Independent.
Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded.
Wow! Gosh, how could that happen?
It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in October – that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer.
OK, what’s the incidence of brain cancer? Maybe 20 cases per 100,000 people per year.
Professor Khurana, who told the IoS his assessment is partly based on the fact that three billion people now use the phones worldwide, three times as many as smoke.
So the increased incidence would be 3 billion/ 100,000 x 20 then, yes? Umm, 600,000 deaths a year then, yes (assuming that everyone who gets the cancer dies of it)?
Smoking kills some five million worldwide each year, and exposure to asbestos is responsible for as many deaths in Britain as road accidents.
So even if he’s right, that’s one tenth (ish) the number of deaths from smoking.
Do journalists actually check numbers in articles or not?