Do you use a mobile phone for more than 17 minutes a day?


Do you use a mobile phone for more than 17 minutes a day?

If you do, you can’t afford to miss this.

Mobile phone radiation can increase the risk of developing tumours, according to ’the most comprehensive study conducted to date’, by researchers from Korea and the United States.

The study, a meta-analysis, analysed the results of 46 earlier studies conducted on the link between mobile phone use and tumour incidence.

It found that just 17 minutes of mobile phone use a day—in other words, 1000 hours of mobile phone use over a ten-year period—increased a person’s risk of developing tumours by 60%.

The authors also found that the results of previous studies varied according to the source of the researchers’ funding. Those conducted independently by Professor Lennart Hardell’s team found an increased risk of tumours from mobile phone use.

However, those studies that funded by the telecommunications industry as part of the Interphone project showed that mobile phone use ‘reduced’ the tumour risk. ‘These studies were partly funded by the mobile phone industry, had poor methodological quality, showed larger differences in response rates between the case and control groups, and did not use blinding at interview,’ the authors of the current study said.

They also pointed out that, although most health agencies support the view that only the heating effects of wireless radiation cause damage, the scientific literature tells another study. ‘...numerous in vitro studies and animal studies demonstrated other possible mechanisms including increasing oxidative DNA damage and altering protein structure and expression,’ they said.

Choi, Y et al, ‘Cellular Phone Use and Risk of Tumors: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’, Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8079;

Interview with tumour survivor

If you haven’t already heard it, why not listen to my interview with Lloyd Morgan, electronics engineer, member of the US Environmental Health Trust and author of several papers on mobile phone research. Lloyd talks about his own brain tumour which he believes was caused by his mobile phone use. You’ll hear about the risks of mobile phone radiation and what you can do to avoid them here.

What can you do?

Limit your exposure to mobile phone radiation by using:

What else you can do

  • If you found the information above of interest, please forward this email to others.

  • If you’d like more information, you can download our April issue of EMR and Health here.

  • If you’ve been sent this message by a friend and would like to subscribe to future updates, you can do that here.