Some Interesting Facts about Cell Phones
Cell Phone Cancer?
A pilot study, to be conducted
next week, will expose a small area of skin on volunteers' arms to cell phone
radiation for the duration of a long phone call, or for one hour, research
professor Dariusz Leszczynski said on Friday.
Researchers will then take a skin sample to study and compare it with one taken
before the radiation exposure, he told Reuters.
Cell samples used in previous laboratory tests by the Radiation and Nuclear
Safety Authority were all from women, and to keep the data consistent, 10 female
volunteers will be used in the new study--all of them employees at the watchdog.
In previous tests, Leszczynski's group found evidence of mobile phone radiation
causing cell-level changes such as shrinkage, but he said it was still
impossible to say if that had significant health effects.
"Cells function in a different way when they are in the body than in laboratory
surroundings. Now we want to confirm whether radiation causes cell level changes
in humans as well," he said.
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The results of the study are
due by the end of the year, and Leszczynski's team hopes to show if radiation
has any impact on the body's natural barrier that prevents toxins and other
dangerous proteins that might be in the bloodstream from reaching brain cells.
Some researchers suspect brain cancer has become more common as a result of cell
phone use, but there is no clear evidence to support that, Leszczynski said.
"If harmful proteins get
through to the brain, it could have an indirect link with cancer, but this is
pure speculation," he added.
Finland, home to top global mobile maker Nokia, has one of the most mature
telecom markets in the world, with almost everyone having a cell phone.