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Cell Phones Not Linked To Brain Tumors



In a study of 2.8 million Danish adults conducted by the World Health Organization’s International Agency For Research On Cancer, Dr. Joachim Schuz came to the conclusion that people who have used cell phones between 11-15 years were no more likely to get cancer than those who did not.

Acoustic neuromas, which are also known as vestibular schwannomas are non cancerous tumors that form on the nerve running from the ear to the brain. Although they are non cancerous, they can grow to a size that’s big enough to press against the brain and cause life threatening injuries.  It was often believed that these types of tumors would be the ones effected by the energy and “radiation” from cell phone use.  It was believed that heavy long term cell phone users would be at an increased risk for Acoustic neuromas especially on the side of their head that they typically hold the phone to.

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Out of the 2.8 million Danish people in the study 800 were diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma between 1998-2006. Of those 800, people who had used cell phones the longest, 11 years or more, weren’t found to have any greater risk than short term cell phone users and those without a cell phone at all. Schuz also found that there was no correlation between the size of the tumors and those people who used their cell phones more often than others.  Heavy long term cell phone usage didn’t have a baring on whether the tumors were on the left or right side of the brain either, and according to the study most people hold their cell phone to their right ear.

source: Reuters

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