Studies Indicate Definite Link Between Cancer And Cell Phone Use

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Society "must not repeat the situation we had with the relationship between smoking and lung cancer where we ... waited until every 'i' was dotted and 't' was crossed before warnings were issued," said David Carpenter, director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, in testimony before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform.

"Precaution is warranted even in the absence of absolutely final evidence concerning the magnitude of the risk" -- especially for children, said Carpenter

Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute -- one of the top US cancer research centers -- said that most studies "claiming that there is no link between cell phones and brain tumors are outdated, had methodological concerns and did not include sufficient numbers of long-term cell phone users."

Many studies denying a link defined regular cell phone use as "once a week," he said.

"Recalling the 70 years that it took to remove lead from paint and gasoline and the 50 years that it took to convincingly establish the link between smoking and lung cancer, I argue that we must learn from our past to do a better job of interpreting evidence of potential risk," said Herberman.

A brain tumor can take dozens of years to develop, the scientists said.

Carpenter and Herberman both told the committee the brain cancer risk from cell phone use is far greater for children than for adults.

Herberman held up a model for lawmakers showing how radiation from a cell phone penetrates far deeper into the brain of a five-year-old than that of an adult.

The committee were shown several European studies, particularly surveys from Scandinavia -- where the cell phone was first developed -- which show that the radiation emitted by cell phones have definite biological consequences.

For example, a 2008 study by Swedish cancer specialist Lennart Hardell found that frequent cell phone users are twice as likely to develop a benign tumor on the auditory nerves of the ear most used with the handset, compared to the other ear.

A separate study in Israel determined that heavy cell phone users had a 50 percent increased likelihood in developing a salivary gland tumor.

In addition, a paper published this month by the Royal Society in London found that adolescents who start using cell phones before the age of 20 were five times more likely to develop brain cancer at the age of 29 than those who didn't use a cell phone.

"It's only on the side of the head where you use the cell phone," Carpenter said.

"Every child is using cell phones all of the time, and there are three billion cell phone users in the world," said Herberman.



Posted by BerryPieVision on 2008-09-28 23:29:47
Oh please, the whole cell phone link has largely been discredited.
Posted by Pile on 2008-09-29 09:47:13
Did you read the article? There are at least a half dozen recent studies indicating otherwise.

The article compares the issue to the smoking issue, and anyone who was around then knows that there were all kinds of bogus "reports" appearing to contradict the notion that smoking was harmful.
Posted by permial on 2008-09-30 08:30:55
I'm waiting on a study for Blue Tooth devices. I already believe the one for cell phones. If you don't believe it, just stand next to a transmission tower for microwave or radio. When your fillings get hot you'll understand.
Oh Puhleeez
Posted by Shadeaux on 2008-10-01 09:57:29
How can anyone rely on wikipedia as a source of facts? DO you NOT know that anyone can go on there and change information?

Just look at all of the studies done in Europe showing the increase in brain tumors,especially among cell phone users.Better yet, do a little experiment. Get 6 people with cell phones. Place three of the phones on a table, so that the antennas are pointed at each other, in a circle. Toss a couple of popcorn kernels in the middle of the cell phone circle. Then use the other three phones to call the phones on the table. By a few rings, the popcorn kernels begin to pop. And before you say your bones are too hard for it to penetrate, remember that bone is living tissue, too.

And yes, permial, I have stood near towers and had not only my fillings get hot, but my entire jaw begin to ache.
Posted by Pile on 2008-10-01 21:01:32
I think Wikipedia is a reliable source, but that particular article is obviously a whitewashing of this issue. The problem with Wikipedia is whether or not in some cases, all the relevant information is included.


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