It’s hard to imagine our everyday lives without cell phones. Thanks to their numerous functions, we know what time it is and what the weather will be like in three days, and we understand our bank balance. Some people also like to use them for their original purpose and make phone calls, sometimes for hours. A study now reveals how harmful this is for our bodies.
We all know someone in our environment which tells us not to talk on the phone for too long because this is supposed to promote the development of brain tumors. A study from Great Britain now disproves this assumption.
Cell phone use is probably harmless
The UK Million Women Study, which has been running since 1996 and whose results were recently published by the University of Oxford, shows that cell phone use does not cause tumors.
Of the approximately 800,000 women who participated in the study, almost 3,300 developed brain tumors, but using their cell phones is not thought to have been the cause. The German Society for Neurology (DGN) explains the fact that women fell ill as follows:
The adjusted relative risk for cell phone use (“ever”) versus no cell phone use (“never”) was 0.97 for all types of brain tumors; 0.89 for gliomas; and 1.0 each for meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and acoustic neuromas. Therefore, there is no increased brain tumor risk with cell phone use.
In addition, cell phone radiation is not sufficient “to directly damage the DNA in the cell nuclei and thus cause cancer.” Therefore, it is irrelevant whether the cell phone is used only occasionally or in constant use.
Those who are now afraid that the study results would only apply to women since this group was examined more closely need not worry. Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Christoph Diene is the press spokesman of the DGN and explains:
Even though this study only collected data on women, the results support the growing evidence that cell phone use under usual conditions does not increase the risk and incidence of brain tumors.
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