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Study: Cell Phones Not Linked to Cancer

Study gives reassurance to avid users

Avid cell phone user, you can put your mind at ease.

In the biggest study of its kind, Danish researchers looked at cell phones and cancer, and found no link to brain cancer, not even with long-term use.

This news comes as a bit of reassurance for those that use their handheld devices for almost everything.

See also: Living through cancer.

This latest study looked at more than 350,000 people, and found no difference in cancer rates from those that used a cellphone for about a decade, and those that didn’t. Cell phone users were also no more likely to get a tumor in the part of the brain closest to where phones are usually held against the head.

But doesn’t this contradict what we’ve already heard?

If you may recall, about six months ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer called cell phones “possibly carcinogenic.” The agency conducted a study looking at more than 14,000 people, and the link between cancer and cell phones.  That study resulted in a small link between massive cell phone use, and glioma, a rare but often deadly form of brain tumor, but the numbers for heavy users was not sufficient enough to make the case.

About 75% of the world’s population uses cell phones, which, according to scientists, makes it difficult to compare cancer in those that use cellphones and those that don’t.

So, what does this mean for you?

“Except for perhaps limiting kids' use of cell phone, there is no need for cell phone users to change their habits based on the current evidence, said Hazel Nunn, head of Health Evidence and Information at Cancer Research U.K., which wasn't involved in the study. "There are a lot more worrying things in the world than mobile phones," she said.

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