Cell Phone Use and Brain Cancer: New Study Reveals Disturbing Trends.
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at December 2nd, 2014
Swedish scientists recently published new findings regarding heavy cell phone use and the increase in glioma, a virulent form of brain cancer. What is concerning is the study examined mobile phone use from 1997-2003 and 2007-2009.
During the timeframe of associative use mapped in the Swedish study, people who reported using cell phones for 20 years were twice as likely to develop malignant brain tumors and three times more likely after 25 years of use. Many would agree that with a 20 year latency period and an explosion of cellular devices in use since 2009, we may be on the cusp of rising pathology.
Lennart Hardell, Professor of Oncology at Orebro University in Sweden, shares his concluding thoughts at the end of the study making his case for the association between cell phone use and brain cancer:
“We concluded that glioma and also acoustic neuroma are caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones, and thus regarded as carcinogenic, under Group 1 according to the IARC classification, indicating that current guidelines for exposure should be urgently revised.”
What is especially disturbing is the fact that today, with the dismantling of telephone land lines, we are all now “heavy” cell phone users. In addition, whereby cellular devices were not common among children in 2009, the “smartphone revolution” has now placed a phone in the pocket of most kids 12 years and older. No surprise that brain tumors are now the second leading cause of cancer death in children under twenty years of age.
With a latency period for cancer which can last over many years, it remains the best policy to practice safer cell phone use. Encourage family members and friends to keep cellular devices away from their bodies and read the manufacturer insert regarding proximity guidelines.