For all of those who have been worried that talking on your cell phone — or even just carrying it around in your purse or pocket — could end up giving you cancer in the future, you can keep talking. Danish researchers have released a study on the British Medical Journal’s Web site that shows no link between using mobile phones and the emergence of cancer, such as in the forms of brain tumors glimoa and mningioma.
The study, conducted by scientists from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen, looked at 350,00 people, all of whom were at least 30 years old, and who subscribed to mobile phone contracts. The scientists then compared their rates of brain tumors with non-subscribers between 1990 and 2007. The study found no detrimental effects of using mobile phones under normal circumstances.
This research comes only months after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said cell phones were “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” putting then in the same category as lead, chloroform, and coffee. A month later, though, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection’s committee on epidemiology said the scientific evidence increasingly pointed away from a link between mobile phone use and brain tumors. Now, with this research — which has been praised by outside experts for its large scale — is further proof that there is no evidence pointing toward a link between cell phones and cancer.
So while you still shouldn’t hold your cell phone while driving, those who have avoided using mobile phones entirely can now rest assured that their mobile phone won’t contribute to cancer in the future. The coffee you’re also holding, however, still carries health risks.
Will you use or carry your cell phone more now that it’s not shown to contribute to cancer? Let us know your thoughts about this research in the comments.