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Report: Cell Phones Don’t Cause Brain Cancer

According to a new study published in the journal Bioelectromagnetics, there is no recognizable link between the usage of cell phones and any form of cancer.

The paper analyzed data for cases of brain cancer that were initially reported by the UK Office of National Statistics from 1998 to 2007. The researchers from the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and Drexel University in Philadelphia noted that if there was any connection between the radio frequencies emitted by cell phones and breast cancer then some sort of increase in particular types of cancers should have been documented.

As the report offers various conclusions on why there isn’t a correlation between the increased usage of cell phones and the onset of brain cancer, one of their points seems to stand above all others:

If it takes 5 to 10 years following exposure to the radiation for cancer to develop, then theoretically, there should have been an increase in brain cancer cases occurring from the overexposures between 1990 and 2002.

The analysis concludes with the following point by the researchers:

“Our analysis suggest that the increased and widespread use of mobile phones, which in some studies was associated to increased brain cancer risk, has not led to a noticeable increase in the incidence of brain cancer in England between 1998 and 2007. Therefore, it is very unlikely we are "at the forefront of a cancer epidemic" related to mobile phone use. A small increased rate of brain cancers in the temporal lobe was observed corresponding to the time period when mobile phone use increased from 0 to 65% of households. However, to put this into perspective: if this specific rise in tumour incidence was caused by mobile phone use this would contribute to less than 1 new case per 100,000 population in a decade. We cannot exclude the possibility that there are persons who are susceptible or some rare brain cancers are associated with to RF from mobile phones. However, we interpret the present data as not indicating a pressing need to implement the precautionary principle to reduce exposure to RF from mobile phones by means of population-wide interventions.”

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