Cellphones not causing cancer in children

Aug 04, 2011

Children who use cellphones not at greater risk of developing cancer

A recent study of children and adolescents, aged 7 to 19, found that those who use cellphones are not any more likely to develop brain cancer than those who do not, possibly reducing the number of expected life insurance claims.

The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and was partially funded by mobile phone operators, according to Fox News. The focus was to determine if children were more sensitive to electromagnetic radiation from cellphones than adults.

Researchers attempted to see if smaller brains that are still developing may be more prone to potential health risks. The research showed that brain cancer patients were not using mobile phones more than those who were healthy.

"If mobile phone use would be a risk factor, you'd expect cancer patients to have a higher amount of usage," said Professor Martin Roosli, who conducted the study at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland.

The World Health Organization reignited the cellphone cancer debate this spring when it said the devices may increase the chance of certain brain tumors. However, much of the research that has followed the report has found no link between the two. 

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