No cancer risk from mobile phone usage, Danish study suggests

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mobile.pngEvery so often someone tells us all that prolonged use of mobile phones is bad for our health (it’s usually in the Daily Mail or on This Morning, isn’t it?).

Now, however, a two-decade study by the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology which followed 420,000 mobile phone users for up to 21 years has concluded that there was no increase in various cancer risks – including brain, neck, eye tumours and leukaemia, amongst those who had used their mobile phones compared to that of the general population.

“We found no evidence for an association between tumor risk and cellular telephone use among either short-term or long-term users,” said lead researcher Dr. Christoffer Johansen of the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology. “Moreover, the narrow confidence intervals provide evidence that any large association of risk of cancer and cellular telephone use can be excluded.”

Whilst that sounds like good news, I’m still not convinced that having a phone strapped to your ear, or stored around your waist (particularly if you’re male) is such a good idea.

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Andy Merrett