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Can Excessive Mobile Phone Use Cause Brain Cancer?


Source: | Original Post Date: June 3, 2014 –


In the modern world it has almost become a part of the human body: the mobile phone is an essential aspect of our daily communication. And many use it without measure in their everyday life.

However, a recent French study sounded the alarm indicating that excessive use of mobile phone can cause significant health problems. Specifically, the use of mobile for more than half an hour a day over a time span of five years may triple the risk of developing certain types of brain cancer.

The duration of our daily talks on the mobile phone is directly proportional to the dangers that may be caused by it. The study claims that people who on average use their mobile phone for 15 hours per month tend to have two to three times greater risk of developing glioma and meningioma, which are the two most common types of primary brain tumor in the adult population.

The study was conducted by French scientists at the University of Bordeaux and other educational institutions and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

For the purposes of the study, the researchers compared 253 patients who had glioma and other 194 patients with meningioma to 892 healthy individuals from the control group. Based on this comparison, the conclusion about the daily use of the mobile phone was made.

It turns out that those who had talked too much on their mobile phones for several years were 2.89 times more likely to develop glioma and 2.57 times more likely to develop meningioma compared with those who did not use a cell phone. Those who were at the greatest risk of all had talked on their mobile phone for over 15 hours per month for 2-10 years, (which means that the average duration of excessive mobile phone use was 5 years).

Additionally, the researchers report that office workers and business executives who tend to use their mobile phones for many hours a day as part of their job belong to high risk groups.

However, the study has found many critics, since it did not manage to provide irrefutable evidence of the link between the use of mobile phones and the development of specific cancers. Thus Isabelle Baldi, a member of the research team who conducted the French study, said: “Our study is part of this trend, but the results are to be confirmed.”

It is worth to be noted that in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer warned that radio frequency fields used by mobile phones are potentially carcinogenic.

However, the Interphone study conducted in 2010, which is the largest study to date to examine the dangers of cell phone use, found no increased risk of developing brain tumors among those who regularly used mobile phones.

Written by Anna LeMind of