Monday, October 26, 2009

Mobiles "Cause Brain Cancer" According To WHO

26 October, 2009,
by Desire Athow

A research study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the links between usage of mobile handsets and incidents of brain cancer; a fact long suspected by many experts and medical practitioners.

The research by WHO which went over a period of 10 years has found crucial evidence that shows that heavy mobile users invariably posses a higher risk of being affected by brain tumours in the latter stages of their lives.

The scientists have strongly argued for precautions to be taken in order to mitigate the chances of developing brain cancer due to excessive use of cell phones.

Explaining their views on the subject, Dr Siegal Sadetzki, a key researcher who participated in the study mentioned "Most studies, including ours, show something happening in long-term users. Why shouldn't we take some simple measures to limit exposure just to be on the safe side?”

The new findings are surely going to raise concerns amongst many people who cannot possibly even imagine leaving their mobile phones for a long time. However given the fact that use of mobile phones carries the potential risk of causing cancer, users should try their most to limit the usage and parents too should look to minimise of the use of mobile phones by their kids

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Unfortunately, multiple studies have been conducted on this issue without producing a consistent result. It appears that in general, when the studies were funded by industry--a negative or non-existent correlation has been found. Studies by academic institutions, governmental or related entities have documented positive correlations meaning that there is roughly a 2 to 4 fold increased incidence of some brain tumors including gliomas in regular mobile cell phone users for a period of greater than 10 years.

Anecdotal and pediatric neuroscience research suggests that the brains of children and adolescents may be at increased risk of tumor formation when subjected to various types of ionizing radiation including the electromagnetic radiation associated with the use of cell phones.

It is only prudent until further unbiased scientific long-term research is completed and published to limit the use of mobile cell phones as much as possible especially in children and adolescents. An earpiece can be easily employed which makes it unnecessary to place the mobile cell phone handset over the temporal lobe of the brain which is thought to be the cause of tumor formation. This solution is not only wise but inexpensive.

--Dr. J. P. Hubert