Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?

July 20, 2009 | no comments



You’ve probably heard someone warn you to not put your cell phone to your head because it causes brain cancer. This is a common fear of many people who use cell phones, especially business men and women who can sometimes have the phone to their head on an average of 6 hours a day. Many people use devices, such as speaker phones and headsets, in order to relieve their fears of contracting cancer.

However, there is not much scientific evidence out there that proves this theory. There was a study released by the University of Utah in 2008 that studied thousands of brain tumor patients and found no increased risk of brain tumors amongst cell phone users. There have been studies in different countries, such as Norway and France, that have come to the same conclusion.

Cell phones do emit microwaves, but they use a very low level of radio frequency that shouldn’t cause damage. Since no study has found a correlation between cell phone usage and brain tumors, this is possible.

However, cell phones are relatively new and time may prove these studies wrong. In fact, the director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute warned his staff to limit cell phone usage because he believes time will prove the correlation. He believes by the time this data is discovered, it will be too late for many people, especially young children. The major concern is for people with more than a decade of cell phone usage – enough time has not passed in order to prove the theory.

So the answer to the question of whether cell phones cause brain cancer is still undetermined in the science field. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to begin taking precautions.

For more information, see the FDA’s website.

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