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Two weeks ago, the World Health Organisation warned for the first time that mobile phones may cause cancer - urging users to limit their use.
The warning followed Interphone's research from 13 countries that found that the even just using a phone for 15 minutes a day could substatially increase the risk of a brain tumour.
But it could come to late for many mobile addicts, as it takes 15 to 20 years for primary cancers to develop - meaning the 'timebombs' could have already done their damage.
He added: 'In 20 years’ time, we could see around 20 times the number of people with brain tumours.
'It is now time that public health organisations take action.'
Elisabeth Cardis, who led the international study, said an increased risk of brain tumours, also known as gliomas, was seen in the 20 per cent of users with the highest exposure to emissions.
She said there was an increased risk of brain cancer near to phone users' ears - where the mobiles are held.
Those who had used handsets for 15 minutes a day for seven years, showed a 72 per cent higher incidence of gliomas.