With mobile phones now being an indispensable part of our lives, extensive studies have been conducted to study the effect of their radiation on human health. But despite ample research on the subject, there has been no conclusive evidence that using a mobile phone causes long-term harmful effects on humans.
Now a research conducted by Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has claimed that mobile phone radiation can actually increase the risk of brain tumour, according to a report in Times Of India.
And during the course of its research, the team had interesting insights as well when it comes to the source of funding of such studies. While the research funded by the government have confirmed that over-usage of mobile phones could adversely affect your health, industry-funded research has downplayed such claims.
"We found that industry-funded studies are not of good quality and tend to underestimate the risk. Government funded studies show increased risk of brain tumour on long-term exposure," Dr Kameshwar Prasad, head of neurology at AIIMS, who is lead author of the study told TOI.
This is what the study further says:
- The risk of brain tumour is apparently high when you use a mobile phone for a prolonged amount of time (say you use a mobile phone for over 10 years)
- The study added that the industry-funded research never mentioned the fact about the outcome of using mobile phones for 10 years
- The study has also asserted that mobile phone emit radio waves, a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antennas and tissues closest to the antennas absorb this energy. Kids, who possess soft tissues near the ear, thus are at high risk of suffering from brain cancer.
- The doctors have further advised that people especially, children, adolescents and pregnant women should use headphones and headsets and also not speak on the mobile phone for a long period of time.