The Digital Economy and Society Ministry has warned people not to believe or share news or Internet posts which claim that placing a mobile phone near your head while you sleep will cause brain cancer due to the electromagnetic waves the phone emits.
“The ministry’s Anti-Fake News Centre contacted the Department of Medical Services under the Public Health Ministry to verify this information and was told there is no concrete evidence pointing to the relationship between mobile phones and brain cancer,” it said.
The department explained that several studies have been carried out on the topic, but so far none has found concrete evidence that mobile phones increase the risk of brain cancer in either adults or children.
“However, doctors and scientists are still conducting research to find out the long-term effects of using mobile phones,” it said.
“Using a mobile phone for long hours will affect the body part nearest to it. For example, your ear will become hotter from the emitting radio waves, while other side effects are still unknown,” the department added. “If you are concerned about the effect of radio waves, try reducing the time of the phone against your ear, or use hand-free equipment.”