The question of cell phones causing brain tumors and cancer is one that is hotly debated. No clear evidence exists to show a connection between cell phone use and brain tumors. On the other side of the coin, however, we also have no clear evidence showing that they do not cause tumors. It is necessary for more research on the topic to be conducted, and that may take 10 – 30 years, as long-term evidence is required for a feasible study to be completed, and tumors sometimes take decades to fully develop.
Some very prominent doctors are speaking up on the subject of cell phones and cancer. Dr Herberman, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute is warning people, including his own staff, that excessive cell phone use should be stopped. He says that by the time we wait for definitive research to be concluded, it may be too late, and initial evidence is a “cause for concern.” Also, a review of independent studies of cell phone users was published in 2007 in the journal of Occupational and Environment Medicine stating that evidence shows a consistent pattern of increased risk for developing brain tumors for people using cell phones over 10 years, with the greatest risk being on the side of the brain where the phone is most often used. Several other initial studies seem to suggest connections.
The side declaring that cell phones are 100% safe is headed, of course, by the cell phone companies with research conducted on their behalf. They claim that the microwaves cell phones use are of too low a level to cause any type of damage.
To be safe, it is recommended to talk only briefly on cell phones when needed. A land line should be used for extended conversations.
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