There is no link between mobile phone usage and brain cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Insitute.
The exact finding of this latest study is that “a large and immediate risk of cell phones causing brain tumors in children can be excluded,” says study author Martin Roosli. A thousand people aged 7-19 took part in the survey, 352 having been diagnosed with a brain tumour between 2004 and 2008. They were quizzed about their phone usage. Roosli also claims the survey shows there’s no correlation between where the phone is held and the formation of brain tumours.
Although the perceived link between mobile phones and cancer has been rolling around as a health scare for decades, the matter is not yet at rest. In May of this year, a report from the World Health Organization intimated that radio waves transmitted by mobile phones are “possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.” The general consensus continues to lean further towards the idea that mobile phones aren’t going to give us cancer, but the other side of the argument hasn’t been silenced yet.
The very nature of the problem is a rich source for uncertainty. Mobile phone usage is an everyday part of most of our lives, and if they do contribute to cancer, they do so over a long period of time. The study of the effects of everyday behaviours is far from simple. Critics of the recent survey say it does not allow for enough time, as brain cancers can take a decade to form.
The study’s author was Martin Roosli of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. It was partly funded by the Swiss Research Foundation on Mobile Communication, which in turn is partially funded by Swiss mobile operators.