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Study finds no likely link between cell phone usage and cancer

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 21, 2011 in Health
Danish researchers have recently concluded in their findings that there is likely no reason to further believe that people who use cell phones are more susceptible to developing cancer than non-users.
ABC News reports that a study was conducted over a 17-year period on over 350,000 people who had cell phone plans and found that people who had cell phone subscriptions of 13 years or more had no greater increase in risk of developing cancer than non-subscribers.
Previous studies conducted by other groups raised concerns that cell phone usage could be linked to brain cancer because of the electromagnetic fields they produce. Cell phone users were particularly thought to be at an increased risk of developing a rare but often deadly brain tumor known as a glioma.
The Danish study recently conducted is the largest study of its kind ever conducted in the world and is more thorough given the volume of data collected over the extended period of time.
The Associated Press reports, however, that a group known as MobileWise is skeptical of the findings. They point out the fact that brain tumors can sometimes take decades to develop, and that not enough time has elapsed to determine the long-term effects that may be caused by cell phone usage.
It has also been found that electromagnetic fields from cell phones have a possibility of being carcinogenic, but it is included in the same category as other possible carcinogenic things such as coffee and exhaust from engines.
Despite the skepticism by some, there is probable reason to believe the findings of the Danish study are accurate given its magnitude.
The findings from the study have been published in the Oct. 20 issue of the British Medical Journal.
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