Study finds mobile phones don't cause cancer

Latest research involving a large section of the Danish population suggests that there is no link between the long-term use of mobile phones and brain cancer.

The study, that was originally published in the bmj.com, involved the analysis data of 10,729 central nervous system tumours between 1990 and 2007 - the cancer rate between persons who had used mobile phones for 13 years or more was similar to that of non-users.

The people studied consisted of the whole of the Danish population aged over 30, which was made possible by the collation of data from Danish cancer research and mobile phone operators.

The authors of the study said: "The extended follow-up allowed us to investigate effects in people who had used mobile phones for 10 years or more and this long-term use was not associated with higher cancer risks."

There has been a lull in the fear over mobiles causing cancer in recent years, compared to the furore during the early Noughties, and this research should go someway to putting to bed any latent fears.

This is at odds with research from the World Health Organisation/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma; a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Pocket-lint had a quick look into the affiliations of the researchers from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen, and we couldn't find any evidence of the research being sponsored by a mobile phone manufacturer, or any researchers being on the board - so it all sound pretty legit.

However, the research cannot rule out exceptional cases of long-term, heavy use of mobiles and states that further study is needed within larger populations and longer time periods.

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