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May 19, 2019
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Mobile usage not associated with brain cancer, study claims

A recent study has busted the biggest myth about mobile usage. According to the researchers from University of Sydney, mobile usage is nowhere to be associated with brain cancer.

The study explains that there is no link between the increasing mobile use and brain cancer. There was no rise found in Australia where there was widespread use of devices. The significant increase in brain cancer was found only in those aging 70 or above.

This increase in incidence at this age group from 1982, and there were no mobile phones at that time. Mobile was introduced in 1987 and so the rise in this deadly disease cannot be explained by it. The likely cause for this rise in the mentioned age group may be the improved diagnosis, researchers suggest.

Researchers examined the association between age and gender-specific incidence rates of 19,858 men and 14,222 women diagnosed with this disease in Australia fall in 1982-2012, and national mobile phone usage data from 1987-2012.

Researchers also compared the actual incidence of brain cancer over this time with the numbers of new cases of brain cancer that would be expected if the “mobile phones cause brain cancer” hypothesis was true.

The testing model assumed a ten-year lag period from mobile phone use commencement to evidence of a rise in brain cancer cases.