Web Desk(May 06, 2018): A sharp rise in the rates of brain cancer has been linked to mobile phone use.
Cases of glioblastoma multiforme – an aggressive and often fatal type of a brain tumor – have risen in England from 983 in 1995 to 2,531 in 2015. Published in the Journal of Public Health and Environment, the study analyzed 79,241 malignant brain tumors over 21 years and discovered a rise across all age groups.
Scientists at the Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment said the increasing rate of tumors ‘raises the suspicion that mobile and cordless phone use may be promoting gliomas’. But the study has sparked criticism from some scientists, who argue that the rise in cases could be caused by other factors.
Cancer Research UK said it was ‘unlikely’ that mobile phones increase the risk of brain tumors.