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Cell phones don’t cause cancer, a new study debunks the myth

We’ve probably all heard the age-old warning that overuse of your cellphone can cause cancer. This common myth has now been debunked by a new study

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People have been worried about cellphones causing cancer for decades – but a new study will offer reassurance

We imagine, far away from ours mobile seems like an impossible task for most of us.

Whether it’s keeping in touch with loved ones or entertaining or informing ourselves, we all need our phones within reach these days.

Despite all of its uses, however, we’re all sure we’ve heard the warning use our phones too much can increase the risk cancer or even a brain tumor.

This belief, which has prevailed for over 20 years, has now been refuted by a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Here’s what you need to know about the study’s findings.

Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer?







Back in 2011, the WHO said that cell phone radiation could be a possible human carcinogen
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Concerns about cell phones causing cancer and negatively affecting our brain were first raised in the 1990s.

Then, in 2011, the World Health Organization classified cell phone radiation as a “possible” human carcinogen, and the UK, French and Israeli governments issued warnings against cell phone use by children.

However, a new study conducted in the UK has debunked this long-held myth about cell phone use causing cancer.

The large-scale study by Oxford University’s Population Health found that cell phone use does not pose an increased risk of brain tumors or cancer for an average user.

Data collected from 770,000 women also found no evidence that people who kept their phones close to their heads seven to 10 hours a week or more were at risk.

What did the cell phone cancer risk study reveal?






Leaving your phone near your head or talking on the phone often doesn’t increase the risk of tumors

The study used data from the ongoing Millions of women study in the UK and looked at phone use in relation to the risk of different types of brain tumours.

It had its participants fill out questionnaires about their cellphone use in 2001, and they were surveyed again in 2011.

Participants were followed-up for an average of 14 years NHS Records and it was found that those who had used cell phones daily for two decades showed no signs of an increased risk of developing tumors.

There was also no increased risk of developing different types of tumors in those who used cell phones daily, used cell phones for at least 20 minutes a week, or used a cell phone for more than 10 years.

Lead researcher Joachim Schuez stated: “For normal use, I think we have strong convincing evidence that mobile phone use does not cause problems.

“Overall we have the situation pretty much under control.”

However, the researchers issued cautionary statements for people with very heavy cell phone use, advising people to use hands-free phones or headphones whenever possible.

It’s also worth noting that while this is a groundbreaking study debunking a decades-old myth, it only looks at adult female cellphone users and not men, children, or teenage users.

However, there is previous research that suggests that even for these groups, there is no association between risk of brain tumors and cell phone use.

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