World's largest mobile phone study fails to find cancer link

Monday 17 May, 2010

The world's largest mobile phone cancer study has found no convincing evidence to suggest normal mobile phone usage over a period of 12 years can cause brain cancer.

To clarify the study, which has received extensive media coverage, Cancer Council Victoria would like to reaffirm the following key messages:

  • There is no conclusive evidence which links normal mobile phone usage to brain cancer.
  • This particular study found that in a small subset of patients with glioma, their tumour was more likely to be on the same side of the head as the mobile phone was used, where there was excessive use (30 minutes a day or more). This doesn't prove a link between brain cancer and mobile phones. However, it does point to a need for more investigation of heavy phone use.
  • This is the largest international study to date into mobile phone use. It was conducted across 13 countries including Australia and the results are consistent with other research that has failed to find a link between mobile phones and cancer.
  • Until this area has been fully investigated, Cancer Council Victoria recommends that if parents remain concerned about possible effects on children they should minimise their use of mobile phones or encourage hands-free / speaker options, or texting.
  • Anyone concerned about the harmful effects of electromagnetic energy should reduce their use of mobile phones, or employ hands-free technology.

For more information, contact the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.