Study: Mobile phone use NOT associated with increased brain cancer

The abstract is below.

Mobile phone use and risk of brain neoplasms and other cancers: prospective study

Victoria S Benson1,*, Kirstin Pirie1, Joachim Schüz2, Gillian K Reeves1, Valerie Beral1, Jane Green1, for the Million Women Study Collaborators†
+ Author Affiliations

1Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, UK, 2International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Section of Environment and Radiation, Lyon, France

↵*Corresponding author. Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Richard Doll Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK. E-mail:

↵†The members of Million Women Study Collaborators are listed in the Supplementary Appendix at IJE online
Accepted March 28, 2013.


Background Results from some retrospective studies suggest a possible increased risk of glioma and acoustic neuroma in users of mobile phones.

Methods The relation between mobile phone use and incidence of intracranial central nervous system (CNS) tumours and other cancers was examined in 791 710 middle-aged women in a UK prospective cohort, the Million Women Study. Cox regression models were used to estimate adjusted relative risks (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Women reported mobile phone use in 1999 to 2005 and again in 2009.

Results During 7 years’ follow-up, 51 680 incident invasive cancers and 1 261 incident intracranial CNS tumours occurred. Risk among ever vs never users of mobile phones was not increased for all intracranial CNS tumours (RR = 1.01, 95% CI = 0.90–1.14, P = 0.82), for specified CNS tumour types nor for cancer at 18 other specified sites. For long-term users compared with never users, there was no appreciable association for glioma (10+ years: RR = 0.78, 95% CI = 0.55–1.10, P = 0.16) or meningioma (10+ years: RR = 1.10, 95% CI = 0.66–1.84, P = 0.71). For acoustic neuroma, there was an increase in risk with long term use vs never use (10+ years: RR = 2.46, 95% CI = 1.07–5.64, P = 0.03), the risk increasing with duration of use (trend among users, P = 0.03).

Conclusions In this large prospective study, mobile phone use was not associated with increased incidence of glioma, meningioma or non-CNS cancers.

7 thoughts on “Study: Mobile phone use NOT associated with increased brain cancer”

  1. Was there really a statistically relevant number of middle aged women that have NEVER used a cell phone?

  2. I doubt there’s any link between cell phones and cancer. It’s possible there’s a link between excessive tweeting and terminal stupidity, but only in busy intersections.

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