BY | October 23, 2011

That the use of cellphones increases the risk of causing cancer has been proven to be a myth by Danish researchers.

British Medical Journal’s website published the research that was conducted on more than 350,000 people. It reiterates some other studies that indicate the same harmlessness of mobile phones over causing cancer to users. The large scale of the trial impressed external experts.

Scientists from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen studied subjects who were at least 30 years of age. The study was conducted from 1990 to 2007 in which the people who subscribed to mobile phone contracts were noted for and compared their rates of brain tumors with non-subscribers.

Malcolm Sperrin, director of Medical Physics at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital and Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine said, “This paper supports most other reports which do not find any detrimental effects of phone use under normal exposures.”

World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer decided cellphone use should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” putting them in the same category as lead, chloroform and coffee this May. The study nullifies this move and it was stated just a month later by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection’s committee on epidemiology.

Since 1980s, the use of mobile phones has risen drastically. Today about 5 billion handsets are in use. This makes the debate about their potential link to the main types of brain tumor, glioma and meningioma very topical.

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