Since mobile phones started becoming our best friends, many have told us that our personal devices are bad for us. They can cause addictive behaviour, with some people even throwing cancer into the mix of possible things to happen to you if you use your smartphone too much. But according to a new 30-year-long Australian study there is no connection between using cell phones and brain cancer.
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The study was conducted by the University of Sydney and involved 34 000 participants who have been diagnosed with brain cancer over a 30-year-period spanning between 1982 to 2012. The study compared this data with data collected on the Australian national mobile phone usage data over a 25-year-period between 1987 to 2012. The study found that age-adjusted incidences of brain cancer in participants between the ages of 20 and 84 were stable in female participants and that there was an ignorable increase in male participants of the same age group.
The study also found that mobile phone usage had increased from 10% in 1993 to more than 95% in 2012.
Here are some of the other key highlights from the Australian study:
- Mobile phone use in Australia began in 1987. Use is now over 90%.
- Brain cancer incidence between 1982 and 2013 has not increased in any age group except those aged 70–84; in the latter group the increase began in 1982, before mobile phones were introduced.
The study concluded that there seems to be:
[N]o increase in brain cancer incidence compatible with the steep increase in mobile phone use.
There are many different opinions and findings on whether or not our devices, specifically our smartphones are detrimental to our health. Do you reckon there is a link between mobile phone usage and brain cancer? Drop us a comment and let us know.