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Mobile cause brain cancer NOT true? Scientists claim to put decade-long fears to rest

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 24 April 2019, 12:24 PM
Scientists claim that mobile phones do not cause brain cancer (Photo: Twitter)
Scientists claim that mobile phones do not cause brain cancer (Photo: Twitter)

Ever since mobile phones dominated our modern life, there have been constant fear of mobile phones increasing the risk of brain cancer or other head tumours. The health risks surrounding mobile phones have been murky provided the fact that there has been no real evidence to suggest the claim. A team of scientists has come up with claims that suggest we can out our decade-long fear to rest.

A team of scientists on BBC’s Health: Truth or Scare said, the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobiles is 'low power' and 'doesn't damage cells'. Their study suggested that any study conducted have been carried out on mice with 'very, very high levels' of radiation, which the 'average human' would never be exposed to, they argued.

Biophysicist Dr Yolanda Ohene, of University College London, said: 'At one side of the spectrum there's this ionising radiation, which is very high energy, high frequency waves. 

'A common example is X-rays, where people are told to stay behind lead screens because it can damage the cells within our body.'

But non-ionising radiation - which household devices, including mobiles, emit - is 'low power, low frequency and doesn't damage cells', she said. 

Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Oxford University hospitals also argued the health risk surrounding mobile phones.

'It is very difficult to reliably interpret this to what you'd find in an average human,' he said.

'There's no evidence to suggest you should worry.'

And when asked why brain cancer rates have increased over the years with mobile sue, Professor Sperrin explained medicine credits the detect of cancer to advanced medicine that has led to the detection of cancer at an early stage.

'[This makes] it look like we've seen more brain cancers,' he added.

Mobiles emit radiofrequency waves in the form of electromagnetic radiation from their antennaes, the National Cancer Institute claims. And many reports claim that this radiation could damage our DNA hence leading to cancer. 

First Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:24 PM
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