Do mobile phones cause brain cancer or not?

Study: Mobile phones don't cause brain cancer
Study: Mobile phones don't cause brain cancer

For a very long time many people have believed that continuous use of mobile phones can cause brain cancer. Of course there is also another side that says that all this is humbug and no such thing happens. And then there are people who are unsure, they really want to know, do mobile phones cause brain cancer or not?

A new study has revealed that mobile phones don’t cause brain cancer. This study has been published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology and has suggested that excessive use of mobile phones neither causes brain cancer, nor does it increase the risk of brain cancer.

The researchers in the University of Sydney, Australia studied nearly 20,000 men and 14,222 women who had been diagnosed with brain cancer between 1982 and 2012 and compared these numbers to Australia’s mobile phone usage data from 1987 to 2012, and they detected no spike within that period.

If mobile phones actually caused brain cancer, then there should have been at least some change in the pattern ever since people started using mobile phones. No change in the pattern has been detected.

The people in the study group have extensively used mobile phones for the past 20-plus years – 9% in 1993 and 90% today.

There was a slight increase in the occurrences of brain cancer in the older people but this increase had begun to manifest before the arrival of mobile phones.

Do mobile phones cause brain cancer or not?

If you totally believe this study then of course you can conclude that mobile phones don’t cause brain cancer or at least until you use them extensively (for example, using than 10-15 hours every day).

But you should keep in mind that many of such studies are often funded and sponsored by the companies who want to dispel a particular notion. For example, a study funded and sponsored by a fast food company will obviously find out that fast food does not cause health problems. So whether you want to believe in this study and conclude that mobile phones don’t cause brain cancer depends on your own perception of such studies.

Coming back to the study, the model used for the study assumed that mobile phones would cause a 50% increase in the incidents of brain cancer as more and more people started using mobile phones. The expected number of brain cancer cases in 2012 was 1866 while the record a number was 1435.

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About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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