Update: see previous posts – June 6, 2011 Cellphones May Be Carcinogenic and Increase the Risk of Brain Cancer, May 16/10 Cell Phone Use causes Brain Cancer, March 18, 2011 Women Can’t Last Week without Cell/Smart Phone, Smart Digital Camera, MP3 Players, May 11/10 Cell Phone Ban has Netted Thousands of Tickets in Toronto, Cell Phone Ban to be Aggressively Enforced on February 1, 2010, O.P.P Laying Numerous Cellphone Charges before February 1, 2010, Cell Phone Ban effective October 26, 2009 on Ontario’s highways, streets & roads. , Restrictions on Cell Phones in Motor Vehicle
The belief that the use of cellphones are bad for are health is getting stronger. Debates between those who think there are health related issues with the use of cellphones and those who dismiss that claim, continues.
There is no doubt that over the next few years, we will hear that conclusive studies (from both schools of thought), should reinforce our belief that cellphone use is either bad for our health (as cellphone users) or that cellphone use has no effect whatsoever on our health (as cellphone users).
Researchers led by Dr. Joachim Schuz, from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, or IARC, examined data from nearly 3 million Danish adults, and found people who used a cell phone for 11 to 15 years weren’t any more likely to develop an acoustic neuroma than non-users.
Acoustic neuromas are slow-growing, non-cancerous tumors that form on the main nerve running from the inner ear to the brain. Even though they’re non-cancerous, researchers considered these tumors important to the study because they grow in the area that absorbs more energy from cell phones.
The neuromas may potentially cause dizziness, ringing in the ears and balance problems, or in a few cases, grow large enough to become life-threatening.
The Danish study, part of the growing debate around the connections between cell phones and cancer, suggests health agencies have to do a great deal more research before determining definitively if cell phones do or do not cause cancer, since conclusions need to be viewed in context of time.
For example, even the Danish study is inconclusive, Schuz said, since the non-cancerous tumors that were studied grow slowly and may still show up years from now. As cell phone use continues to grow, studies’ findings could change.
Meanwhile, the results will be considered as part of the IARC’s ongoing studies focusing on cell phones and cancer use. In May, the IARC classified cell phone use as “possibly carcinogenic,” after 31 scientists from 14 countries concluded cell phones may cause brain tumors, reversing its own 2010 study in which researchers found no increase of cancer among people using a cell phone.
The IARC admits it needs more study before coming to a definite conclusion.
It would be interesting to compare cellphone usage of the Danes versus that of those from North America. I suspect that North Americans on the whole (who appear to have cellphones glued to their ears) have longer conversations, speak many more minutes each day, week, month and year than their Danish counterparts.
How many Danish children possess a cellphone and use them? There are numeous children in North America that use cellphones on a regular and consistent basis.
Scientists may need a great deal more time before making a conclusive link between cell phones and cancer. Cell phone use began in the 1980s but has exploded since then, with millions of people now using mobile devices. In addition, cell phones have changed over the years, which make it difficult to determine just how much radiation people get from them.