What We All Want to Know About Cell Phones

cell phoneThere has been much speculation about the potential risks of cell phone use. Now a new Swedish study published in the journal Pathophysiology, has shown the more hours and years someone has talked on their phone, the greater the likelihood they will develop glioma, a deadly brain cancer. In fact, the rates triple.

According to the study, people who had used wireless phones longer than a year had a 70 percent greater risk of developing glioma. People who had used wireless phones over 25 years had a 300% greater risk of developing brain cancer, over people who had used their cell phones under a year.

Another study followed almost 800,000 middle-aged women for a period of seven years, during which time there were 51,680 diagnoses of cancer, and 1,261 cancers involving the central nervous system. In women who had used cell phones over ten years, there was a ten percent increase in the risk of meningioma.

On the positive side, the overall risk of glioma is very low. Only 5 out of 100,000 Europeans, or .005 percent, were diagnosed with glioma between 1995 and 2002. Even at triple the rates, the chances of developing glioma is .016 percent.

Health experts believe there are numerous other ways cell phone use can negatively impact the brain. Here are some ways to minimize the impact of cell phone radiation:

1. Use the speaker on your phone whenever possible, or use headphones with a microphone. Keep the phone away from your head.
2. Don’t sleep with the phone next to you. Turn if off at night.
3. Shut off the phone when it is not in use.
4. Research and use radiation protection options for your phone.
5. If you cannot turn your phone off, put it in “airplane” mode.
6. Share this information with other people.

Cell phones are here to stay, at least until newer technology overtakes them. Take a few precautions to protect yourself while you use them.