Cellphones Don't Cause Cancer, Huge Study Finds
Biggest study of its kind can't find a link
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2011 9:44 AM CDT
Don't worry, guy, you won't get cancer from that phone.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – If you've been living with the nagging fear that your beloved cellphone is probably giving you a brain tumor, you can relax now; a new Danish study published yesterday has concluded that there's no link between cellphones and cancer. The study is the largest ever conducted on the subject, with 358,403 participants, the AP reports. Researchers found that decade-long cellphone users weren't any more likely to get cancer, or to develop tumors near where they typically hold their phones.

"Our study provides little evidence for a causal association," one of the paper's authors said, though she cautioned that "we cannot rule out a small to moderate increase in risk for subgroups of heavy users." One group that believes cellphones pose a health risk dismissed the study, saying its time frame—1990 to 2007—wasn't long enough to show long-term effects. Studies on the subject are becoming increasingly difficult, because roughly three-quarters of the world's population now carries a cellphone, making it hard to populate control groups.

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georgienne
Nov 18, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Anyone with any basic knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum knows that microwaves, infra-red and visual (duhh) waves are too big to twitch cells to become cancerous; why would ANYONE think that radio waves (the biggest of all waves, at 10^3 wl) could do so. The world's too god-damn paranoid: in reality, everything causes cancer because cancer is caused within you. You can't avoid it, you really can't accelerate it or encourage it to pick you, it just happens. Get over it, and live on with your lives..
Rational.-Anarchist
Oct 21, 2011 4:45 PM CDT
How many studies need to be done to put all this nonsense to rest? The latest study proves that breathing causes cancer, or herpes, or aids, or hepatitis, or stinky farts, or, or, ahh whatever!
InferiorToYou
Oct 21, 2011 11:59 AM CDT
"we cannot rule out a small to moderate increase in risk for subgroups of heavy users." = cell phones may cause cancer