Using mobile phones has no bearing on your chances of developing brain cancer, a study conducted by European scientists has found.
Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed that radio waves produced by mobile phones are not harmful to brain cells and do not cause an increased risk of developing cancer.
Epidemiologist at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Martin Roosli said that tests carried out on 1,000 participants, of whom 352 aged seven to nineteen were diagnosed with brain tumors between 2004 and 2008, “show that a large and immediate risk of cellphones causing brain tumors in children can be excluded”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously concluded that mobile phones are potentially carcinogenic, but was quickly contradicted by The Economist, which said there is accumulating evidence “increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults".
However, World Health Organisation cancer epidemiologist, Kurt Straif, is adamant that latest findings may not paint the whole truth.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, he reasoned: “Participants with brain cancer may not have the best recall for how often they used their phones”.