We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Cellphone, Cancer Link Dismissed in New Study

According to one medical group, the evidence is 'increasingly against' linking cellphones to cancer.

Gab away, cellphone users, because a panel of independent experts is not convinced that cellphones cause cancer in adults.

In fact, the evidence is "increasingly against" linking cellphones to cancer, the experts concluded after examining research from around the globe. Brain tumors have not increased in step with cellphone use, and animal experiments have come up empty. There may not even be a biological mechanism that creates cancer from radio frequency fields.

The study, conducted by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection's standing committee on epidemiology, was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal.

The experts' conclusion might appear to conflict with the World Health Organization, which in May determined that cellphones are "possibly carcinogenic." But beyond the splashy headlines, the WHO was actually saying that there's limited evidence of cellphones causing cancer. The group placed cellphones in a category called IARC Group 2B, which also includes coffee and pickled vegetables.

Unburdened by the need to categorize, the new study clearly states that evidence of cellphones causing cancer is practically nonexistent. "We are trying to say in plain English what we believe the relationship is," Anthony Swerdlow of Britain's Institute of Cancer Research, who led the study, told Reuters.

Still, the experts are leaving themselves a bit of wiggle room, noting that current data only covers 10 to 15 years of cellphone use, and that data on childhood cellphone use is not available.

"If there are no apparent effects on trends in the next few years, after almost universal exposure to mobile phones in Western countries, it will become increasingly implausible that there is a material causal effect," Swerdlow said in a press release. "Conversely, if there are unexplained rising trends, there will be a case to answer."

For cellphone users who are still worried, there are plenty of ways to reduce radiation exposure, but those efforts may be better spent exercising and eating well, as a heart attack will probably kill you first.

Follow Jared on Facebook and Twitter for even more tech news and commentary.


IDG UK Sites

LG G4 Note UK release date and specification rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer could be the LG 3......

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model