According to a recent study, smartphones and cordless phones could lead to a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
Researchers found that the rates of glioblastoma jumped twofold from 1995 to 2015, which is the same period people have started using mobile phones.
The research shows that the number of patients with glioblastoma skyrocketed from 2.4 to 5.0 over just two decades. Also, researchers found that many of the brain tumors were located in that part of the brain that is closer to a mobile phone in use.
The findings appeared this week in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
The new research reflects an “alarming” cancer trend. Researchers urge authorities not to brush the study under the carpet like it happened with similar other studies. It is worth noting that in the case of tobacco smoking, the initial discovery of a link between the habit and lung cancer had drawn fierce opposition and criticism.
Brain Cancer Is Still Rare
Past studies have also found that mobile phone use can lead to brain changes and brain tumors. However, there are other risk factors that may fuel brain cancer.
Lead author Alasdair Philips noted that the latest research is not about mobile phones, but about the changes in the brain and the risk of cancer. Philips noted that most recent gliomas appeared in the temporal and frontal lobe areas of the brain.
In other words, cancer made a debut in those brain areas that are the closest to your ear and forehead. This is why scientists suspect that mobile phones may have played a huge part in brain cancer.
Dr. Philips also said that brain tumors are a rare occurrence, so even if the latest findings hold water, the risk of brain cancer remains relatively low.