Living near a cell phone tower does not increase the risk of early childhood cancer, according to a major study conducted in England.
The report, published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, surveyed almost 7,000 children across Britain, and examined whether their mothers lived near cell phone towers while pregnant.
“These results are reassuring with respect to cancer risk in young children and living near mobile phone base stations,” said lead researcher Dr. Paul Elliott, a professor of epidemiology and public health medicine at Imperial College London.
“We found no pattern to suggest that the children of mums living near a base station during pregnancy had a greater risk of developing cancer than those who lived elsewhere.”
According to public opinion polls, many believe living near a cell phone tower is dangerous, the Associated Press reports. Elliott, however, said his work adds to the growing body of scientific research that says a link between cell phones and cancer does not exist.
Last month, a massive study of 10,000 people over the course of 10 years failed to draw any definite links between mobile phones and cancer. Cell phone users as a whole were no more likely than non-users to develop brain cancer, the Interphone International Study Group reported, but heavy cell phone users appeared to be at higher risk.