29/10/2004

Cell Phones Linked to Brain Tumors

Researchers from Sweden's Institute of Environmental Medicine published the
results of a study October 13 showing that a person who uses a cell phone for
at least ten years has an increased risk of developing a brain tumor on the
side of the head where the phone was usually held.

Long-time cell phone users were found to develop acoustic neuromas (a benign
but aggressive tumor on the auditory nerve) at nearly twice the rate of the
general population. When the side of the head where the phone was held was
taken into account, the researchers found that there was a four-fold increase
in risk of developing a tumor. The research found no indications of an
increased risk for less than ten years of cell phone use, but the researchers
said that they could not rule out the possibility of effects from short-term
use that had a long latency period.

The researchers pointed out that only analogue cell phones had been in use for
more than 10 years, so their results did not apply to digital phones, which
might or might not produce the same or similar effect.

The research was conducted as part of a new project that is coordinated by the
World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health