New Australian survey confirms mobile phones do not cause brain cancer

By @ZionsAnvin on
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City workers make phone calls outside the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square in the City of London at lunchtime October 1, 2008. REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE

It has been long debated that use of mobile phones can cause brain cancer. However, a recent Australian survey has confirmed there is no link between the cellphones and brain cancer.

According to a journal published on Cancer Epidemiology, a recent survey conducted by the University of Sydney inspects the cases of brain cancer between 1982 to 2013 among Australian population against the widespread usage of cellphones in the said time period. The study revealed that the increased usage of mobile phones did not result in brain cancer cases in Australia.

According to the study, brain cancer rates were stable among female, but it increased over the years. The rise in brain cancer cases that began around 1982 among males increased in men over 70. At that time, mobile phones were unavailable to the people.

It revealed that the usage of mobile phones in the country has increased to 94 percent since 1987. It was the same year when the first cellphone call was made.

The survey carried out by the University of Sydney is the fifth national study on the same subject. In the past, surveys conducted in the U.S., Nordic regions, England and New Zealand have also concluded that usage of mobile phones do not cause brain cancer. Even though cellphones have been around since 29 years in the country, there has been no significant rise in brain cancer.

Many international agencies have been trying hard to find out whether mobile phones that are known to emit electromagnetic radiation can cause brain cancers. People have been also suggested to use cellphones with hands free in order to risk of contracting cancer. However, there is no concrete evidence that states cellphone radiation can lead to cancer.

It is interesting to note that in 2009, lawmakers in San Francisco, U.S. wanted warning stickers to be placed on cellphones to educate users on the risk of contracting brain cancer by using a handset. However, the ordinance was abandoned in 2013.