Go ahead and call your mother, she'd love to hear from you. No home phone, you say? No worries, chatting on your mobile phone is probably safe. It's not going to cause tentacles to grow out of your head, if that's what you're worried about, and according to a Danish study of more than 350,000 people, cellphone users aren't at a higher risk of getting cancer.
It's the largest study so far to examine any possible link between cellphones and cancer, according to an AP report. This latest research is an update to a previous study examining 358,408 cellphone users over the age of 30 and living in Denmark from 1990 to 2007. The group didn't have a higher cancer risk than those without cellphones, but researchers were still hesitant to go all-in and deem mobile phones completely safe.
"Our study provides little evidence for a casual association, but we cannot rule out a small to moderate increase in risk for subgroups of heavy users," said Patrizia Frei, one of the paper's authors.
Already the study has caused an uproar with those who dispute the findings. Advocacy group MobileWise, for example, claims the study was too short to examine any possible long-term risks like brain tumors, which can take several decades to manifest.