Report finds no link between short-term mobile phone use and brain cancer

In collaboration with the Press Association

A six-year research programme has concluded that there is no link between short-term mobile phone use and brain cancer.

The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) programme has recommended that no further research is needed on the effect of short-term mobile phone use on cancer risk, although the committee noted that limited data is available for long-term use and suggested that more research should be conducted in this area.

Several previous studies have looked at mobile phone use, as there were concerns that the microwave radiation transmitted and received by the devices may damage the DNA in brain cells and lead to tumours.

However, no evidence has been found for such a link and the MTHR Programme's latest research, the largest such study ever to be conducted in the UK, confirms the absence of any association.

In addition, the study found no evidence of mobile phone signals affecting brain function, or of mobile phones affecting cells beyond simply heating them.

MTHR chairman Professor Lawrie Challis commented: "This is a very substantial report from a large research programme.

"The work reported today has all been published in respected peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals.

"The results are so far reassuring but there is still a need for more research, especially to check that no effects emerge from longer-term phone use from adults and from use by children."

Ed Yong, Cancer Research UK's senior health information officer, said: "This report reflects scientific evidence published so far and confirms there is no definite link between using a mobile phone and your risk of developing cancer.

"The energy from radio waves produced by mobiles and phone masts is not enough to cause cancer through DNA damage but we support projects like this because the long term effects of mobile phone use are still unknown."