Study says mobiles do not cause brain cancer

Using a mobile phone will not increase the chance of developing brain cancer despite initial reports that it may, according to the largest mobile use study to be conducted so far.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) looked at an analysis of over 10,000 people and did not find any evidence to prove there is a link between brain cancer risk and years of mobile use.

Although there has been public concern, there is not a biological mechanism that is triggered by mobile use that may result in cancer.

The research hopes that the study will help calm anxieties among the general public.

In fact, studies have already shown that in countries such as Sweden where mobile use has been prevalent, brain cancer has not increased at all, which is consistent with the most recent study.

The Interphone study cost £17m and received a portion of the funding from the mobile industry, which looked at about five thousand men and women from 13 different countries that were diagnosed with glioma and meningioma- two different types of brain cancer between the years of 2000 and 2004.

Each of the patients was asked to track their mobile phone usage and each of the results were compared against adults with the same background, sex, and age that are cancer free.

The report also found that people who had brain tumours were more likely to overestimate the impact of mobile use as a risk factor given that the disease can cause problems with cognition, memory, and the accuracy of how much they used their phones.