According to a new study, mobile phone users do not have an increased risk of brain tumors

Regular use of a cellphone does not increase the risk of brain tumors, according to a large study.

Though they’ve become a staple of modern life, there have long been fears that our phones could emit cancer-causing radiation, often touted by conspiracy theorists.

But research that followed more than 400,000 Britons over a decade found no link between regular cell phone use and the prevalence of brain tumours.

Oxford University experts found that 0.41 percent of women who used a mobile phone developed a brain tumor, compared with 0.44 percent who never used the devices.

The study, conducted in the noughties, adds to the growing body of evidence debunking concerns about phones and cancer, the researchers said.

Kirstin Pirie, statistical analyst and study co-author, said: “Cellphone use under normal conditions does not increase the risk of brain cancer.”

Mobile phone users are not at higher risk of developing brain tumors, a study led by researchers from the University of Oxford claims today

DO MOBILE PHONES CAUSE BRAIN CANCER?

Concerns about the carcinogenic potential of cell phones first arose in the 1990s when portable phones became a staple of every household.

Statistics showed a 34 percent increase in brain tumor diagnoses over the following 20 years.

However, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) points out that mobile phone ownership in the UK increased by 500 per cent between 1990 and 2016.

If phones were to blame, the cancer rate would likely be much higher, they add.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer – a subgroup of the World Health Organization – stated that phones could be a “possible cause of cancer”, but felt there was insufficient data to draw a firmer conclusion.

But later larger studies found no link, according to CRUK.

In the US, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Communications Commission conclude that there is no scientific evidence linking cell phones to cancer.

Cell phones emit radio frequency waves in the form of electromagnetic radiation from their antennas, claims the National Cancer Institute.

The area of ​​the body closest to the antennae, typically the head, has the potential to absorb some of this energy.

However, numerous scientists have claimed that this radiation is non-ionizing.

Unlike ionizing X-rays, these rays are “low energy, low frequency, and do not damage cells.”

Brain tumor rates likely rose in tandem with mobile use as medical professionals became better at diagnosing the disease over the years.

The study was published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that radio waves emitted by phones can penetrate the skull and cause cancer when using the phone.

The claims have become even more outrageous in recent years with the advent of 5G, which some claimed was linked to the Covid pandemic.

Oxford researchers drew on data from 400,000 cancer-free women aged 50 to 80 between 2001 and 2011.

Participants were asked about their mobile phone use at the beginning and end of the study.

Their answers were compared to their medical records on both occasions.

The researchers then tracked whether someone developed three different types of brain tumors: meningioma, pituitary adenoma, and acoustic neuroma.

Other factors that may contribute to tumors, such as age, BMI, alcohol consumption, smoking, and exercise, were also considered.

The results showed that people who used a phone in any way over the 10-year period actually saw a 5 percent lower risk of developing brain cancer than those who never used one during that period.

Women who had used a phone every day during that period had a slightly higher chance — 1 percent higher.

Meanwhile, those who used a phone less than daily had a lower risk than those who never used it — 3 percent less.

Experts said the tiny risk differences between the groups were statistically insignificant.

Overall, of the 286,387 women who had never used a cellphone in 2001, 1,261 had developed a brain tumor by 2011—a rate of 0.44 percent.

Meanwhile, of the 556,131 who used one, 2,278 (0.41 percent) ended the study with a brain tumor.

Ms Pirie, a cancer expert at Oxford, said: ‘These results support the growing evidence that cell phone use under normal conditions does not increase the risk of brain tumours.’

Concerns about the carcinogenic potential of cell phones first arose in the 1990s when portable phones became a staple of every household.

According to Cancer Research UK, there was a 39 percent increase in the number of brain tumor diagnoses in the UK over the next 20 years.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer – a subgroup of the World Health Organization (WHO) – claimed that phones could be a possible cause of cancer.

However, it admitted there was not enough data to draw a conclusion and larger studies have since found no link, with experts believing the increase could be due to improved diagnosis.

Mobile phones emit radio frequency waves in the form of electromagnetic radiation from their antennas.

The area of ​​the body closest to the antennae, typically the head, has the potential to absorb some of this energy.

However, numerous scientists have claimed that this radiation is non-ionizing, meaning they are low energy, low frequency and unlike x-rays, does not damage cells.