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Mobile Phone Use Linked to Deadly Brain Cancer

Nov 17, 2014

A research study from Sweden has linked frequent mobile phone use to glioma, a deadly brain cancer. The study results suggest that those who have used mobile phones for 25 years have three times the risk compared to those with one year of wireless phone use.

The study also said that the rate at which glioma develops depends on the number of hours of mobile phone use. Lead researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist at University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, and his colleague Michael Carlberg compared 1,380 patients with malignant brain tumors to people without such tumors and compared their wireless phone use, Science Times reports. Those who talked the most – more than 1,486 hours –were twice as likely to develop glioma compared to those who talked the fewest hours – between one and 122 hours. Hardell told Reuters Health said, "the risk is three times higher after 25 years of use.”

Cell phone use in the United States tripled between 2000 and 2010, according to Science Times. In 2011, a World Health Organization panel classified mobile phones as "possibly carcinogenic." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently reassessing the safe radiation exposure limits it adopted in 1996. The National Cancer Institute said that mobile phones emit radiofrequency energy that can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held. "Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck," according to the cancer institute, but earlier this year, a Washington D.C. superior court judge allowed five scientific expert witnesses to testify for consumers suffering from brain tumors allegedly caused or promoted by cell phone radiation.

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