Cell phones may not cause cancer

Jul 25, 2011

Mobile phones may not increase brain tumors

Many researchers have long thought that the growing use of cell phones across the globe may be causing an increase in brain tumors and a higher amount of life insurance claims. However, a new study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has found that the trend in accumulating evidence shows that there is not a link between cell phones and cancer.

Researchers from the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Standing Committee on Epidemiology found that the instances of cancer in males and females has remained relatively static between 1970 and 2008, the study shows.

The experts noted that methodological deficits limit the conclusions that can be drawn from the interphone study, but the results, when accompanied by those from other epidemiological, biological and animal studies, suggest that there is unlikely to be an increase in the risk of brain tumors in adults 10 to 15 years after they start using mobile phones.

The debate over mobile phone use reached a peak when the World Health Organization classified the devices as a carcinogenic hazard in May. This classification is also given to exhaust from gas engines, lead and coffee.  

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