A macro study from the University of Oxford confirms that the use of mobile does not cause tumors. Let’s see all the details of the study.
The urban legend that cell phone use can cause brain tumors has always existed. However, new research from the University of Oxford confirms that this is just an urban legend. In fact, it is a macro study, with around 800,000 people from the UK participating.
The research, which looks at the relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors, was conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The results are clear: The development of brain tumors was similar in those who used cell phones as in those who did not.
Macro study confirms that mobile phones do not cause brain tumors
Previous studies have already claimed that the relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors was just one of the major technological hoaxes. Now, a major study conducted by researchers from Oxford Population Health and the IARC has confirmed this so we can continue to use our smartphones with ease.
The survey included the participation of 776,156 British women born between 1935 and 1950. All were followed by the UK Health Service, in addition to answering a questionnaire about their mobile phone use in 2001 and 2011. As you can see, this survey has grown over the years to be even more comprehensive than others done in the past.
The main effect of cell phone use is heating the surface of the skin, according to this study.
Specifically, the experts conducted a 14-year follow-up that yielded very enlightening results. During this period, a total of 3,268 brain tumors were registered among research participants. However, it was not discovered that the use of the mobile phone was crucial to their appearance.
Taking into account the data collected in 2011, almost 75% of women between the ages of 60 and 64 used the telephone, while the percentage in the age group 75 to 79 fell to almost 50%. As we said, among them, 3,268 brain tumors were detected, which is only 0.42%.
As the study explains, cell phones emit radio frequency electromagnetic fields that can penetrate several inches into the head. However, experts say that in the areas most exposed to these electromagnetic fields, the temporal and parietal lobes of the brain, they have not discovered any worrying consequences. According to the research results, the main effect is the heating of the skin surface.
“Mobile technologies are constantly being improved so that new generations emit much less energy,” explained Joachim Schüz, one of those responsible for the work. It should of course be noted that this study involved users who use the mobile phone on a daily basis, with about 20 minutes of calls per week or who have used the phone for more than 10 years.
In the case of users who use the phone more intensely, it has not yet been proven that brain tumors are independent. However, given what is reflected in this study and others, the most normal thing would be that it does not involve excessive danger either. Until they confirm it, it is better to take this risk into account if you are one of those who spend many hours daily on the mobile.
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