With 70 million mobile phones in the UK, it’s news that will make us all think twice about how much we use them. This week, research concluded that just half an hour spent on your mobile every day could raise your risk of developing brain cancer by as much as 40 per cent.
The £15 million, decade-long study was carried out on more than 5,000 men and women with brain tumours from 13 different countries, as well as a similar number of healthy people, all of whom were interviewed about their phone habits. Beautiful but deadly: Mobile phones are all the rage but they could be putting heavy users at risk of brain tumours. The researchers – scientists from around the globe who worked together for the World Health Organisation’s interphone report – found increased risks among those who used their phones the most. The frequent users were also more likely to suffer a tumour on the same side of their brain to the ear they used for phone calls.