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Mobile Phone Use Does Not Increase Brain Cancer Risk, Study Says
We can finally sleep with our phones under our pillows in case of a booty call again. A long-term observational study conducted by the University of Manchester found no significant link between the use of cell phones and the risk of developing brain cancer.
Researchers used data on brain cancer diagnoses in England from 1998 to 2007 and concluded that there was no statistically significant rise in incidences of brain cancers since the onset of widespread use of cell phones. There was a small increase in temporal lobe cancers (31 more cases per year) in a study population of 52 million, during a time when cell phone use increased from 0 percent to 65 percent of households. But there was also a decrease in the incidence of cancers of the parietal lobe, cerebrum and cerebellum in men over the course of the study.
Rather than be responsible for the actual genesis of a brain tumor, the researchers argue that exposure to radio waves (the type emitted by cell phones)--if they affect cancer development at all--could potentially speed up the growth of an existing brain tumor.
The study authors could not, however, rule out the possibility that radio wave exposure could be associated with some rare forms of brain cancer, or that the radio frequencies were harmless. Despite this, the researchers conclude that their findings indicate there is no pressing need to implement measures limiting people's radio-frequency exposure from cell phones. This is massively relieving because we lose our sh*t when we leave our phones at home for just one day.
Though no threat has been linked to excessive cell phone talking, let's play it safe ladies: just text instead.
University of Manchester (2011, February 17). Mobile phone use not related to increased brain cancer risk, UK study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217083032.htm