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In the digital age, the ubiquity of mobile phones has sparked a significant public health debate, particularly regarding the impact of mobile phones on children’s health. One of the most pressing concerns for many parents is the potential link between mobile phone usage and the development of brain tumours in children. As both a parent and a neurosurgeon with over two decades of experience, I understand the seriousness of these concerns and the need for clear, evidence-based responses. 

Dispelling Myths with Professional Insight 

Throughout my 21-years as a practising neurosurgeon, the question of whether mobile phones contribute to an increase in brain tumours, especially among children, has been a recurring theme. It is a question that not only concerns parents but has also been the subject of numerous scientific inquiries. The worry stems from the exposure to radiofrequency radiation emitted by mobile devices and its potential effects on the brain’s delicate tissues. 

However, based on the current body of scientific research, and my professional observations, there has been no indication or increase in the incidence of brain and other central nervous system cancers, that can be directly attributed to the introduction and widespread use of mobile devices. This observation is consistent with the findings of several comprehensive studies conducted by reputable health organisations worldwide. 

Understanding the Evidence 

The fear surrounding mobile phones and brain cancer primarily revolves around the exposure to non-ionising radiation. Despite extensive research, the evidence to date does not conclusively link mobile phone use with an increased risk of brain tumours.  

Several large-scale epidemiological studies have sought to address this concern. For instance, the Interphone study, one of the most extensive investigations into the relationship between mobile phone use and brain tumours, found no substantial evidence that mobile phone use increases the risk of glioma or meningioma, the two most common types of brain tumour. 


As a neurosurgeon and a parent, I share the concerns of many regarding the safety of mobile phone use. However, the balance of scientific evidence to date reassures us that mobile phones do not increase the risk of brain tumours in children or adults. Continuing research and adherence to updated guidelines from health authorities will ensure that we remain informed and can protect our health and the well-being of our children in an ever-evolving technological landscape.