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New evidence against cell-phone/brain tumor link

A short article published online this afternoon in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that during the 5 to 10 years after cell-phone use burgeoned among adults in four Northern European countries, no notable change in brain-tumor incidence occurred.

A suspicion that cell-phone use may cause brain cancer persists, though science hasn't yet found substantial support for that connection or explained exactly how using a cell phone might cause cancer.

Researchers tracked the incidence of brain tumors among people aged 20 to 79 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden from 1974 to 2003 and found that the numbers remained stable, regardless of the introduction of cell phones in the 1990s and their increased use thereafter. The study didn't look at individual cell-phone use.

The World Health Organization is due to release results soon of a long-term study that reportedly shows a link between cell-phone use and brain cancer. In the meantime, here's the American Cancer Society's take on the cell-phone/cancer link.

What's your hunch? Do you think cell phone use can cause brain cancer?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Cancer  
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"Do you think cell phone use can cause brain cancer?"

No. I do know some things can cause cancer, such as spending too much time in the sun.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 3, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to know if simply wearing your cell phone on your belt would contribute to other cancers such as kidney, colon, etc. which are located in that region.

Or, does the phone actually need to be open and functioning, as in next to your head while talking, to be detrimentatl?

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | December 3, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Having worked in two-way radio communications (base stations, antenna and mast) I can tell you emphatically that all radio waves and electromagnetic radiation are detrimental to your health on one level or another, and, miicrowave radiation, even at small doses over a long period, must be considered with an eye to the worse.

The trouble with most people is that they think they're indestructable, it aint so. Our physical state is weak compared to the environmental stresses we put our bodies through, including modern man-made chemical and airborne pollutants. I'm only surprised we haven't all disolved into some horrible gelatinous puddle by now!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | December 3, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@icurhuman2 - I would recommend avoiding the sun, since light is electromagnetic radiation. Then again, you go inside and there's black body radiation from *everything*. Heat is electromagnetic radiation, so don't turn on the stove!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 4, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

With the vast increases in power lines, cell phones and wireless home phones, this dangerous electromagnetic radiation has caused a huge jump in cancer and life expectancy worldwide is much shorter now. Except that it isn't at all.

Posted by: kls1 | December 4, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure about tumors,but most Cell Phone Users are Brain Dead when they insist on yaking and yaking while driving,in public places,even at your house,when they are a guest.
Cell Phone users suffer from Diarrhea of the mouth,and plain bad matters.

Posted by: jeromejmarkiewicz | December 4, 2009 4:50 AM | Report abuse

While it's interesting to read the observations of people who have worked around higher-than-most sources EM radiation, I'm still not sure why the author is asking us to conjecture based on anecdotal evidence, especially when citing reliably structured studies in the same piece. What I think, and even what I see, doesn't really matter if I can't compare a control group. Maybe the person who works with EM sources also has an unrelated source of airborne pollution near their workplace. Maybe not. Without a properly controlled study, who knows? Certainty does not make supposition into fact.

Posted by: MaxH | December 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I dont care what any study reports. What I know is that putting an electronic device emits cellular signals near your brain for extended periods of time cannot be good in the long-term? They should call them tumor phones!

Posted by: goziner | December 4, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Im not worried about the little bit of radiation coming from a digital handset (the old analogue models were MUCH worse)

I am more worried about the exponentially higher output of the towers all around us.

There is a reason lightbulbs glow when you simply get near them...

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | December 4, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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