Some Interesting Facts about Cell Phones
Cell Phone Cancer?
Last year, the Dutch Health Council, in an
overview of research from around the world, found no evidence that radiation
from mobile phones and TV towers was harmful. A four-year British survey in
January also showed no link between regular, long-term use of cell phones and
the most common type of tumour.
But researchers at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life looked at
mobile phone use of 2,200 cancer patients and an equal number of healthy control
Of the cancer patients, aged between 20 and 80, 905 had a malignant brain tumour
and about a tenth of them were also heavy users of mobile phones.
"Of these 905 cases, 85 were so-called high users
of mobile phones, that is they began early to use mobile and/or wireless
telephones and used them a lot," said the authors of the study in a statement
issued by the Institute.
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Cell Phone and
Published in the International
Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, the study defines heavy use
as 2,000 plus hours, which "corresponds to 10 years' use in the work place for
one hour per day".
Early use was defined as having begun to use a mobile phone before the age of
There was also shown to be a marked increase in the risk of tumour on the side
of the head where the telephone was generally used, said the study, which took
into account factors such as smoking habits, working history and exposure to
other agents. Kjell Mild, who led the study, said the figures meant that heavy
users of mobile phones had a 240 percent increased risk of a malignant tumour on
the side of the head the phone is used.
"The way to get the risk down is to use hands free," he told Reuters. He said
his study was the biggest yet to look at long-term users of the wireless phone,
which has been around in Sweden in a portable form since 1984, longer than in
many other countries.