No link between mobile phones and brain tumour, says study

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There is no evidence to suggest that mobile phone usage increases the risk of the brain tumour glioma, according to results of a study published by the British Medical Journal. The four-year study, carried out by the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester, and the Institute of Cancer Research, is the biggest of its kind in the UK. The study revealed there was no link between glioma and the number of years of mobile phone usage, the number of calls made, nor the total number of hours spent on the phone.

It also concluded there was no risk with mobile phone usage in rural areas, which a Swedish study had previously suggested.

The study did find that, among cancer patients, tumours were more likely to develop on the side of the head where people held their mobile phone. But this was attributed to people over-reporting phone usage.

Dr Kat Arney, science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "This is the biggest and most thorough study into mobile phones and glioma so far, and it adds to the growing evidence that there is no link. "Although we still don't know about the very long-term effects of phone use, these results are reassuring for everyone with a mobile."