Brain: Tumours

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) other health bodies on whether there is a link between mobile phone usage and the development of brain tumours.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England (PHE) has not held discussions with the Royal College of Nursing on whether there is a link between mobile phone usage and the development of brain tumours.

Regarding other health bodies, PHE is a collaborating centre in the World Health Organization’s International Electromagnetic Fields Project. Information about this project, and the participating countries and organisations is available at the following link:

https://www.who.int/peh-emf/project/en/

A report by PHE’s own independent expert Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) concluded that, although some positive findings have been reported in a few studies, overall the evidence does not suggest that using mobile phones causes brain tumours or any other type of cancer. The AGNIR report can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radiofrequency-electromagnetic-fields-health-effects

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