Cell phone use does not increase risk of brain tumors

According to a large long-term study, the use of mobile phones does not increase the risk of brain tumors. The UK study started in 1996.

An analysis of the “UK Million Women Study”, which has been running in Great Britain for over 20 years, found no evidence of an increased risk of tumors with normal use of mobile phones. This is reported by a team led by Joachim Schüz from the International Cancer Research Agency (IARC) in Lyon in the “Journal of the National Cancer Institute”.

In the study , which began in 1996, hundreds of thousands of women answered questions about their cell phone use, first in 2001 and again in 2011. Of the almost 800,000 women who completed the first questionnaire, almost 3,300 later developed a brain tumor. It didn’t matter since when and how often the women had used a cell phone.

Less radiation with newer mobile phones

Since mobile phones, unlike other electronic devices, are used close to the head, questions about possible health risks arose years ago. The German Society for Neurology said about the study that the radiation is not enough to damage the genetic material in the cell nuclei and cause cancer. The phone’s energy is also not enough to increase body temperature, for example.

The authors of the study point out that the radiation has decreased significantly with the ever newer generation of mobile phones. Today, even with excessive use, one is probably exposed to the same amount as with moderate use of mobile phones of the first two generations