Cell Phones and Cancer Debate Revived Yet Again

Cell phones are like the eggs of the technology world: they’re fine, they’re not, they cause cancer, they don’t cause cancer, they’re frying your sperm in your pocket and giving you a brain tumor.

Every time it seems we put the issue of cell phones causing cancer to bed, another study or anecdotal news story pops up seemingly liking the ever-present device to fatal ailments (or failing that, the destruction of the honeybee), but it seems that no real consensus is every reached about cell phones and cancer risk.

Part of the problem undoubtedly arises from inability to separate cell phones and other activities as far as cancer risk is concerned, being as so much of the world’s population in every demographic owns and uses a personal cell phone. But now that parents have begun issuing them to children on the regular to keep tabs upon them, studies are once again examining whether cell phones pose a cancer risk, particularly to growing boys and girls.

Last summer, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute- centering around research on adolescents, cell phones and brain tumors out of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute- demonstrated no risk between cell phones and brain tumors and “argues against a causal association” between them.


However, in a letter published in the Journal April 5th, scientists took the study’s methodology to task and contended that cell phones actually double a kid’s risk of brain tumors. Lloyd Morgan is a senior research fellow at the Environmental Health Trust. Morgan is one of the letter’s authors, and alleges that the methodology of the research is flawed- adding that the numbers actually indicate a 115% increase in brain tumor risk due to cell phones. Morgan says:

“There’s every indication that this study actually found that children have a doubled risk of brain cancer. For them to just state that we don’t think there’s a problem is, for me, quite mystifying.”

More research into the link between cell phones and brain cancer is ongoing, and hopefully a clearer picture of the risks will emerge.