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?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
December 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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