Cell Phone Radiation
Swedish Study Raises New Fears
over Cell Phone Use
The survey contradicts the findings of
other researchers, including a study conducted by the Dutch Health Council,
which found no evidence connecting radiation from cell phones to cancer, and a
four-year British survey released in January, which came to the same conclusion.
Some Interesting Facts about Cell Phones
Cell Phone Cancer?
claim that cell phones cause cancer appeared to have been debunked by recent
studies, but a new Swedish report raises new concerns. The survey, released
Friday, warns that prolonged cell phone use may be putting millions of people at
an increased risk of brain tumors.
Researchers at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life compared the cell
phone use of 2,200 cancer patients and an equal number of healthy participants.
Among the cancer patients, who were between 20 and 80 years old, 905 had
malignant brain tumors and about 10 percent were also frequent cell phone users.
"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 researchers in a statement issued by the institute.
What can I use to
protect myself from cell phone radiation
Cell Phone and Cancer
Hands-Free Lowers Risk
"The study should change the way
we use [cell phones], but it probably won't," said Alex Costakis, 18, of
Indiana, a young cell phone user in the Public Garden Friday. "It's not
something I really worry about," said Brianna Annese, 15, of Hyde Park. "It is a
fact everybody knows. They also say Diet Coke gives you cancer." Others doubted
the validity of the study.
"I don't believe the study," said Roger Snow, 65, of Boston. "It won't change my
use of the cell phone." The study also stated that heavy users had more
than twice the risk of tumors on the side of the head. "The way to get the risk
down is to use hands-free," Kjell Mild, the leader of the study, told Reuters.
Contradicts Earlier Research
The study was the largest to examine the long-term use of wireless phones,
according to the researchers.
The survey contradicts the findings of other researchers, including a study
conducted by the Dutch Health Council, which found no evidence connecting
radiation from cell phones to cancer, and a four-year British survey released in
January, which came to the same conclusion.