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Doctors weigh in on phone brain cancer links

May 24, 2009 | Comment icon 14 comments

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Increasingly doctors worldwide are reporting their findings that cell phones are a legitimate threat to human health. The following doctors are joining the already long list of the medical community who want the public and safety organizations to recognize the problems and learn more about preventive methods people can practice.

Dr. Charles Teo, Neurosurgeon in Australia, co-authored a peer reviewed research paper with Dr. Vini Khurana where they said they are very concerned with the link of cell phones and brain tumors.

Dr. Teo says: "If the question is do I believe that mobile phones can cause brain cancer? The answer is yes, I do." Teo also gives this warning: "I'm incredibly worried, concerned, depressed at the number of kids I'm seeing coming in with brain tumors. Just in the last three or four weeks I've seen nearly half a dozen kids with tumors which really should have been benign and they've all been nasty, malignant brain tumors. We are doing something terribly wrong."
Dr. Khurana says: "The use of mobile phones is associated with a doubling of the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor over ten years. That is what the data that we have analyzed shows." He also noted that mobile phones could be the biggest public health issue since tobacco. Further he adds, "I think that doubling the risks could be a conservative estimate. I would be very happy to be wrong about this because the public health implications of being right about this are enormous. There are just over 4 billion mobile phone users and people as young as three years old using them."

The young age of cell phone users is probably the biggest concern for the doctors now as they are seeing a rise in children with brain tumors. According to Dr. Lennart Hardell of Sweden, his research has shown that children under the age of 20 that begin using a cell phone regularly for 10 years were five times more likely to develop a "glioma", a type of brain tumor. The extra risk to young people of contracting the disease from using the cordless phone found in many homes was almost as great, at more than four times higher."

France is one of a few nations to present public health warnings to inform parents that children should limit cell phone use and also to implement litigation on cell phone manufacturers to prevent them from targeting children in advertising. This appears to be the correct steps all nations should be starting to take as the health concerns from doctors are pointing to epidemic levels that they are already seeing the beginning effects of.

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Comment icon #5 Posted by SpIdErCyDe 13 years ago
Same. I own a cell phone, but that doesn't mean I ever use it. Actually, it's been lost somewhere for about two weeks now. I hate them. :/ The thing is, most of the people on UE's site will be immune from the effects of cell phone radiation. Why you ask? It's because cell phone radiation cannot penetrate our tinfoil hats.
Comment icon #6 Posted by First_Indigo_Child 13 years ago
The thing that I've always wondered about is, what the heck do people have to talk about incessantly? We got by with just regular phones, and pay phones for emergencies. Personally, I have one but only for emergencies ( they are great for that), and it's just a phone. No movies, no stock quotes, no nothing. Hard to believe that even as recently as ten years ago, cell phones were practically non-existent.
Comment icon #7 Posted by HerNibs 13 years ago
I remember a time that if some one called your home phone and there was no answer, no one was home and whomever was calling waited. No machine, no voicemail, no forwarding, no cell phones. You weren't freaking home and they called back later. Heck, I remember party lines. HN
Comment icon #8 Posted by Eternal Light 13 years ago
I rarely use my cell phones, but if I simply have to because there is no other alternative, then I always use speakerphone function. I NEVER put the phone to my ear.
Comment icon #9 Posted by TheResearcher 13 years ago
I rarely use my cell phones, but if I simply have to because there is no other alternative, then I always use speakerphone function. I NEVER put the phone to my ear.
Comment icon #10 Posted by EMFSCIENCE 13 years ago
It is good to not put the phone to your ear or up against your head. There are safer practices such as using speaker phone options, or airtube headsets. Blue tooth is safer than a cell phone but still puts a radio signal directly to the side of the head you are using it on so keep that in mind. Glad to hear most of you have made safe choices in using a cell phone. The rise in brain tumors and other factors of salivary gland and acoustic neuromas are on the rise statistically though and not enough people are aware they can be safe from these simple practices. Just FYI.
Comment icon #11 Posted by lilmcnessy 13 years ago
And how many people have brain cancer? Alot of people text message anyway
Comment icon #12 Posted by Indrid Cole 13 years ago
Im also one of the few people who don't use mobiles, on being an electrosensitive I suffer from headaches and migrains on using mobiles/microwaves/cordless phones/or being in the vacinity of wi-fi. just because I feel this and other don't it doesen't mean that its not affecting others in other ways.
Comment icon #13 Posted by jesspy 13 years ago
everything gives you cancer these days. Although they still do not have long term data on the cell phone issue.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Indrid Cole 13 years ago
everything gives you cancer these days. Although they still do not have long term data on the cell phone issue.strap one to your head then

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