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Study Links Excessive Cell Phone Use to Brain Tumors

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People who use their cell phones with great frequency may be at an elevated risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to a new French study.

The study authors cautioned that it’s still not clear if there’s added risk for the majority of cell phone users, but say a link may exist between excessive cell phone use and brain tumors. They added, that since the devices and the way people use them is ever-changing, more research is needed going forward, Fox News reported.

The French team was led by Dr. Gaelle Coureau of the Universite Bordeaux Segalen. The researchers used a cancer registry to identify adults with meningiomas or gliomas, the two most common forms of adult brain tumors, Fox News reported. The new study found no difference in tumor risk between regular cell users and non-users, which suggest that any link is only applicable for people who claim to use their cell phone the most.

Dr. Seung-Kwon Myung of South Korea’s National Cancer Center, told Fox News the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones in the microwave spectrum may be cancer causing, but it has yet to be proven. Myung led a large analysis of all the previous studies of cell phone use and brain tumors in 2009.

The recent study included 253 cases of glioma and 194 cases of meningioma in four French regions. For the sake of comparison, it also looked at twice as many people from the same areas of France who had never had a brain tumor.

Researchers interviewed the participants about what type of cell phones they used, for how long, and the average number and length of calls made and received each month. The results indicated that people with the longest collective length of calls were about twice as likely to have a glioma or meningioma than people who had talked less, Fix News reported.

A study published this year in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine that used male rats indicated that extremely low frequency magnetic fields can have an effect on the fertility of men who have problems associated with reversible testicular damage Guardian Liberty Voice reported. Previously, the group found ten studies on humans that have provided evidence that cell phones in pockets can have a negative affect on the sperm quality of males.

The World Health Organization also offered a stance on the subject, saying people who hold their cell phones further away from their head or use a hands-free device experience a much lower level of radio frequency exposure, as do those that only use their phones for shorter duration calls, Guardian Liberty Voice reported. The information is important for those who spend a large amount of time on their cell phones given the increasing number of studies that have found a link between cell phone usage and brain tumors. disclaimer: This article: Study Links Excessive Cell Phone Use to Brain Tumors was posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 7:59 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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