According to a study of patients aged seven to 19, children who use mobile devices are at no greater risk of developing brain cancer than those who do not use them.
The research, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on July 27 and partially funded by cell phone operators, addresses concerns that children may be more vulnerable to health risks from the electromagnetic radiation from cellphones. In reality, cell phones do not affect the risk of cancer in kids. Great news!
“If mobile phone use would be a risk factor, you’d expect cancer patients to have a higher amount of usage,” said Professor Martin Roosli, who conducted the study at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. But that was not the case.
About 55 percent of the patients reported regular cell phone use (average of one call a week) compared with 51 percent of the control subjects, according to the study. The research also shows that 75.3 percent of cancer patients used phones more than 20 times in their lives before they were diagnosed, and that 72 percent of control subjects reported using them more than 20 times in their lives.
“What we found was that there was no (significant) difference in the amount of use,” Roosli told Reuters, adding that if there is a risk, “it would be a really small risk.”
“Brain tumors can take 10 years to form, and young children certainly have not been heavy cellphone users for very long,” adds Devra Davis, author of the book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.
Roosli said that future studies should examine longer-term phone use among children and he suggests collecting phone records from a bigger group to see who and what kinds of individuals develop tumors.
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