Report: Australian survey shows no connection between cellphones and brain cancer

Report: Australian survey shows no connection between cellphones and brain cancer
You might recall that back in 2009, the city of San Francisco wanted stickers placed on cellphones sold in the city.  The stickers would warn cellphone users about the risks of using a handset and getting cancer from electromagnetic radiation emanating from the phone. By May 2013, the ordinance was dead and buried as far as San Francisco was concerned.

As it turns out, the officials in the city shouldn't have worried. Data that measured the number of brain cancer cases in Australia from 1982 to 2013 was matched against other data showing how widespread cellphone use was in the country during the same time period. While the rate of brain cancer in females was steady over the years, it rose among males. However, this took place only in men over 70, and happened around 1982 before cellphones were available to the public.

Because the statistics showed that the number of brain cancer cases in the country from 1982 to 2013 matched estimates based on computer models, the results basically showed that the increasing use of cellphones did not lead to additional brain cancer. Bottom line? According to this study, there is no connection between brain cancer and cellphone use. Increased occurrences of cancer in the country during the time period are now attributed to better detection of cancer using improved imaging techniques that debuted in the early 1980's, like CT scans.


Many agencies find it hard to believe that there is no connection, and the whole question of cellphone radiation leading to cancer is still up in the air. Truthfully though, does it really matter? Even when there were fears that such a connection existed, most people said that they wouldn't give up their phone anyway.

source: CancerEpidemiology via Gizmodo

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16 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

My mom always try to keep a little distance from the phone and her ear when talking.

2. adamnazifi unregistered

Tell us which phone corporation sponsored the bulls**t report

14. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Get this guy a tinfoil hat!

3. sunnyfpy

Posts: 276; Member since: May 12, 2013

Unbelievable!

4. Krjal

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Not surprising. Your phone would have to have some pretty incredible malfunction to produce ionising radiation.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not going to lie I put my phone on the other side of the bed at night and when I'm not using it like right now I also put it on the other side of the bed. I keep my distance from it when i don't need it.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Would lining the inside of phones with lead be a good Idea or do they already do that lol?

10. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

If you cover the inside completely, that might interfere with the signals I Guess.

16. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Lead is far, far worse than what your phone is emitting. If anything, the waves broadcasting from hundreds of different sources passing through your body all day long including TV stations, radio, mobile carriers, government communications, radar, lidar, EM radiation, WiFi, microwave transmitters, satellite, should be more of a concern than a lower powered cell phone. Either way, it sounds like you are in need of a tinfoil hat protection from all this cancer.

7. BobLawblaw unregistered

What doesn't give you cancer these days. Everyday there's a new report coming about about what does and doesn't give you cancer..

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR.........Breathing gives you cancer.

9. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I've read reports too that sleeping while your phone's WiFi is turned on will affect your sleep or thinking in general.. :/ is it true?

13. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

i don't think so....

11. robertdenaro116

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

What about hip and belt holster cancer? Still quiet on that.

12. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I would say that people aren't getting brain cancer from phones because they barely use them as phones now. They are always in front of the face, or in your pocket. So maybe testicular cancer or ovarian cancer. And hand cancer if that even is a thing (maybe arthritis in your hands and hips?).

15. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

The sun also tends to give cancer...

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