April 24, 2007
Great News! Cell phones don’t cause cancer
With all those speculations running rife about cell phones causing all sorts of health issues, it’s a welcome relief to get some facts that deny such theories. A huge study in Denmark states that cell phone usage does not lead to cancer. A study was conducted on 420,000 users. The scientists evaluated 52,000 Danish cell phone users who were using it for 10 years or more and some who were using it for about 21 years. They compared their data with the records of the Danish Cancer Registry that records every citizen who gets the disease. Their research has concluded, “Cell-phone callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer a range of cancer types.” This study has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and has yet to establish a link between cancer and the radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones.
“Cell phones beam radio frequency energy that can penetrate the brain’s outer edge, raising questions about cancers of the head and neck, brain tumors or leukemia.” The Danish researchers are planning to keep a tab on the users for a couple more years till they establish a database for users who have used cell phones for more than 30 years. According to them, as of now there is no reason to worry, but as the research gets deeper, what the latest results conclude, only time will tell. The personal identification numbers assigned to each Dane at birth enabled the researchers to match people who began using cell phones between 1982 and 1995 with cancer records. From the 420,000 users tabbed 2002, there were 14,249 cancers diagnosed (fewer than the 15,001 predicted from national cancer rates) and neither did they find increased risks for any specific tumor type.