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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Estimated lifetime risk of developing a brain tumor with and without mobile phone use.

September 16, 2009 |
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Image thanks to Honza Soukup.

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Speaking of potential DNA damage, fact or fiction: Cells phones can give you brain cancer. The incidence of brain tumors have been increasing over the last 25 years, but is it because of mobile phones? Fact, or fiction?
Fact. Major review in the International Journal of Oncology published last year. If you don’t use cell phones your lifetime risk of developing a brain tumor is about 1 in 167; if you do use cell phones, your lifetime risk is still really small, but it goes up from 1 in 167 to 1 in 128. That’s still less than a 1% chance you’re ever going to get a brain tumor, but it’s best to use a headset or the speakerphone option and limit the time children use them.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the sequel,"Hot Dogs & Leukemia." Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the sequel,“Hot Dogs & Leukemia.” Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Nan

    Dol cordless home phones cause cancer? Is it better to get ones

    with cords

    • Jonny

      I have read that cordless home phones actually emit much higher EMF’s than cells.

  • Joe

    I read a great book on the subject called Zapped! It really opened my eyes.

    One major thing I changed was to not use my mobile as an alarm clock! Some people sleep with them under the pillow… Every phone has a SAR rating, which measures the Radiation absorption into the brain – so my phone is luckily quite low, but smart phones are high, especially iphones, which actually exceed the safety limit if placed within 1.5 cm of your body.

    So women, don’t keep your phone tucked into your bra or chest pocket – and men – avoid the trouser pocket for obvious reasons!

  • Janette

    Do root canals cause or promote breast cancer.

    • Sebastian

      I’d also like to know the answer to this query…

  • Scott

    Bluetooth headphone use studies? I use one hours a day.