Cell phones are everywhere these days. So ubiquitous are they that some people are giving up their land lines and using a cell phone exclusively. Using only a cell phone may be easier on the budget, but what long term effect could it have on your health? An association between cell phones and tumors of the brain is one that’s been entertained for a while, but no one has come up with any firm conclusions. Now, a new ten year study conducted under the watchful eye of the World Health Organization shows that long term cell phone use may increase the risk of tumors of the brain.
Cell Phones and Tumors of the Brain: What Does a Study Show?
This study looking at cell phones and tumors of the brain spanned thirteen different countries. Researchers questioned almost 13,000 people, some who had suffered from brain tumors and some who were healthy, regarding their cell phone usage. After analyzing the data, they found that the risk of two types of brain tumors was increased in those who used cell phones for ten years or more.
What Kind of Tumors of the Brain Were Seen?
The risk of one type of tumor of the brain called a glioma was increased by thirty-nine percent in cell phone users, while the other, called an acoustic neuroma was almost four times more common in people who used cell phones on a long term basis. Acoustic neuromas are non-cancerous tumors that develop on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Not only was the risk of tumors of the brain increased in cell phone users, but cell phone users also had a higher risk of tumors of the parotid gland.
Is There a Definite Association Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors?
This association between cell phones and tumors of the brain may sound ominous, but not all studies show a correlation between the two. Out of thirty-one completed studies, eight show that cell phones increase the risk of tumors of the brain, while twenty-three do not. Because of conflicting data, it’s difficult to say whether cell phones are really a tumor threat or not.
If there is an association between cell phones and brain tumors, experts are concerned that children could be the most vulnerable. For this reason, authorities in some countries are discouraging parents from giving their kids unlimited access to cell phones. Adults who spend a great deal of time talking on cell phones could also be putting their health at risk.
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: The Bottom Line?
Would it be best to part ways with your cell phone? Probably, but few people are willing to make that sacrifice. If you’re unwilling to give up your cell phone, at least keep calls as short as possible and allow children to use them only in an emergency. If there is an association between cell phones and tumors, take measures to protect you and your family.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.