It’s good to talk: Study suggests mobile phones do not lead to brain tumoursBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:30 AM on 18th February 2011
Britain’s 48 million mobile users have been assured they are not at the risk of developing cancer from talking on their phone.
Mobile phones have been regularly linked with brain disorders as their usage increased over the last decade and health authorities advised people to try and limit their time on the phone.
But new research from a nine-year study could allay the concern that mobile phones are bad for your health.
Another form of brain cancer decreased in the period studied and researchers believe Britons should not need to spend less time with a mobile phone to their ear.
Dr Frank de Vocht, who led the research published yesterday, commented: ‘It is very unlikely that we are at the forefront of a brain cancer epidemic related to mobile phones, as some have suggested.
‘We cannot exclude the possibility that there are people who are susceptible to radio frequency exposure or that some rare brain cancers are associated with it, but we interpret our data as not indicating a pressing need to implement public health measures to reduce radio frequency exposure from mobile phones.’
Britain has the highest number of mobile phone users per head of population on the planet, with 89 per cent of Britons using a mobile, compared with 17 per cent of households in 1996.
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Royal Berkshire Hospital, said the study’s findings were encouraging.
‘It adds to the bulk of evidence to suggest there is no substantial link between mobile phones and brain cancer.’