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Mobiles found not to increase risk of brain cancer

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 21, 2011 | 2 min read

Mobile phone users can rest easier when making phonecalls in future after a study conducted by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen found no increase in the likelihood of brain cancer as a result of using the devices.

In one of the largest studies of its type ever conducted and found no increased incidences of cancer in long term phone users as opposed to non users – despite the increasing proliferation of the devices worldwide.

This saw mobile subscriptions for every Danish citizen analysed alongside data from the Danish Cancer Register to obtain their result.

The findings scotch concerns raised by some that the brain’s exposure to electromagnetic radiation could trigger the onset of cancer.

The reports authors concluded: “The extended follow-up allowed us to investigate effects in people who had used mobile phones for 10 years or more, and this long-term use was not associated with higher risks of cancer.

“However, as a small to moderate increase in risk for subgroups of heavy users or after even longer induction periods than 10-15 years cannot be ruled out, further studies with large study populations, where the potential for misclassification of exposure and selection bias is minimised, are warranted.”

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