Cellphone radiation has been the subject of heated debate over its potentially harmful effects on the human body. From brain cancer to killing bees to making you stupid, the radio waves emitted by mobile phones are still being studied to determine its impact on humans. The latest study, published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute, indicates that the cellphone radiation is likely not linked to eye cancer, uveal melanoma to be exact.
The study was conducted with 1,600 participants, gathering data on cellphone use (time spent using a mobile phone) as far back as a decade. The results indicate that there was no significant link between the time spent on a mobile phone and the likelihood of being diagnosed with uveal melanoma. In fact, the study contradicts a previous, smaller-scale study that found a possible link between cellphone usage and cancer of the eye.
“We did not corroborate our previous results that showed an increased risk of uveal melanoma among regular mobile phone users,” states Dr. Andreas Stang of the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. “Uncertainty exists about the role, if any, of radio waves transmitted by radio sets or mobile phones in human carcinogenesis (cancer development).”
So, for those of you keeping score at home, cellphones have been linked to all types of ailments about as frequently as they have been absolved of any wrong-doing. The jury is still out on whether radio radiation is harmful to humans.