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April 07, 2022 Thursday 10:46:01 AM IST

Does Mobile Phone Use Cause Brain Tumours?

Everyone feared that using mobile phones over a prolonged period of time increased the risk of developing a brain tumour, as the radiofrequency waves emitted from them caused damage to the tissues. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies radiofrequency waves as ‘possibly carcinogenic as they are held close to the ears. 

 Researchers from Oxford Population Health and IARC have investigated the association between mobile phone use and brain tumour risk and the results are published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The findings:  

-There was no significant difference in the risk of developing a brain tumour between those who had never used a mobile phone, and mobile phone users.

-There was also no difference in the risk of developing glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma, pituitary tumours or eye tumours

-There was no increase in the risk of developing any of these types of tumours for those who used a mobile phone daily, spoke for at least 20 minutes a week and/or had used a mobile phone for over 10 years

-The incidence of right-sided and left-sided tumours was similar in mobile phone users, even though mobile phone use tends to be considerably greater on the right than on the left side.

-it is also advised that mobile phone users reduce unnecessary exposures remains a good precautionary approach.