The Truth About Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer

There have been many, enormous studies of mobile phone use and its links to brain cancer around the world. Everybody has an opinion – and if you don’t you are most likely continuing to use your phone the same way that you always have. Brain cancer treatment centers in Thailand believe that your best bet is to be on the safe side – but what is that, exactly?

Those Against:

The large number of mobile phone users (over 2 billion worldwide in 2005) has made some absolutely enormous, and quite long term studies, possible. A study in Denmark in 2006 followed over 420,000 Danish citizens for over 20 years, and showed no increased risk of brain cancer.

However, due to study parameters, the German Office for Radiation Protection considers this report inconclusive.

Another British study in 2005 drew the conclusion that there was no substantially increased risk of acoustic neuroma in the first decade after starting mobile phone use. It did note though, that an increased risk over a longer period of time could not be ruled out.

A Swedish study looked at some different types of brain tumours and conditions that bring people to Thailand’s renowned brain cancer treatment centers, including glioma and meningioma. It also found that there was no increased risk of developing these brain cancers.

A joint study in Northern Europe was also inconclusive, hospitals in Thailand that perform regular cancer checkups for their patients make the same recommendation as it, that while there are no provable short term effects, a link cannot be ruled out over a longer period of time.

Those in agreement:

The main arguments that those who believe in the increased risk associated with mobile phones and brain cancer have with these studies is that they do not examine the right people for the right length of time. That is, studies are either too short, or they do not focus on heavy or regular mobile phone users in contrast to the general population.

There have also been studies that have shown an increased risk of brain cancer and brain tumours with all types of phone use, including cordless desktop phones. Acoustic neuroma and malignant tumours were seen to increase along with phone hours spent in this study. A Swedish study in 2004 saw increased acoustic neuromas in those who have used mobiles for more than 10 years.

A recent self-published article by Australian neurosurgeon Vini Khurana suggested that there would be an epidemic of brain cancer tumours within the next ten years, and that mobile phones could have broader public health implications than asbestos or smoking.

The article reviewed other studies of mobile phone use and brain cancer tumor occurrence, but has been criticized by Thai international hospitals, among others, as being unbalanced in its review of the literature.

Despite the inconclusive scientific evidence, many countries are urging their citizens to play it safe. Thailand’s world-class hospitals, including international hospitals in Bangkok, tell people to limit their mobile phone use to less than an hour a day, and both France and Germany advise against mobile phone use in children, and excessive adult use.

The advise playing it safe due to a Swedish study completed in 2006 that showed that people who use mobile phones for an hour or more each day have up to a 240% increased risk of developing brain cancer tumors, and that these tumors were most likely to occur on the side of the head where the phone was most used.

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