Studies Claim Mobile Phones Don't Cause Brain Cancer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 20:41

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have concluded that there is no link between mobile phone use and brain cancer.

According to a Gizmodo report, a study entitled “Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?” examines the incidence of brain cancer in the Australian population between 1982 to 2013.

With extremely high proportions of the population having used mobile phones across some 20-plus years (from about 9% in 1993 to about 90% today), they found that age-adjusted brain cancer incidence rates (in those aged 20-84 years, per 100,000 people) had risen only slightly in males but were stable over 30 years in females.

Based on the results, a very slight increase in brain cancer rates among males, but a stable level among females and there were significant increases in over-70s, but began in 1982, before cellphones were mainstream.

The model assumed that mobile phones would cause a 50% increase in incidence over the background incidence of brain cancer, researchers said. "Mobile phones produce non-ionising radiation which is low energy, sufficient only to 'excite' the electrons enough to make them just heat up," said Simon Chapman from University of Sydney.

The data matches up with other studies conducted in other countries, but Australia is a particularly excellent example—all diagnosed cases of cancer have to be registered by law, creating consistent data to work with.

The findings were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. The paper is available at http://www.cancerepidemiology.net/article/S1877-7821%2816%2930050-9/abstract

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