UK Study Finds No Link between Cell Phone Usage and a Higher Risk of Brain Tumors

By: | March 31st, 2022

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While almost every single person is using a cell phone these days, people are always worried if their smartphone use can cause health issues.

The potential health risks of cell phones have been debated for several decades. A lot of attention has been directed to see if there’s a link between cell phones and cancer due to these radiofrequency radiation-emitting devices placed so close to our brain.

Now, a new study has shown that there is no link between brain tumors and cell phone use

Scientists from Oxford University and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted exhaustive studies of its kind to date. The health of nearly one million women in the UK was tracked for more than 20 years for this study.

Scientists did not detect any significant risk of developing a brain tumor linked to the use of wireless devices

The study found that 0.42% of participants developed a brain tumor, with similar numbers recorded among those who use cell phones and those who do not.

Epidemiologist Joachim Schüz, co-author of the study and a member of IARC said “Given the lack of evidence among intensive users, it remains a good precautionary approach to recommend users reduce unnecessary exposure to cellphones,”

The study explains that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile devices can penetrate the head by a few centimeters causing only the surface heating of the skin.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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