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It’s Safe To Turn On Your Cell Phone-You Won’t Get a Brain Tumor

July 18, 2011

There’s been a lot of media attention about the risk of developing a brain tumor if you excessively use a cell phone. The Danes have come to relieve our anxiety about the use of cell phones. A study of more than 2.8 million Danish adults found that those who’d used a cell phone for 11 to 15 years were no more likely than newer users or non-users to develop an acoustic neuroma which are slow-growing tumors that from the nerves in the inner ear to the brain. The symptoms of an acoustic nueroma incude ringing in the ears, dizziness and balance problems; in a small number of cases, they can grow large enough to press against the brain and become life-threatening.
Acoustic neuromas grow in the area of the brain where greater energy emitted from the cell phones is absorbed, compared to other areas of the brain.
Doctors might expect that if cell phones were a cause of brain tumors, people who’ve used them for a long time might have an increased risk of acoustic neuroma — especially on the side where they typically hold their phone. But the study reported in the recent issue of Journal of Epidemiology did not bear out this assumption. Among the nearly three million Danish adults for whom they had data, just over 800 were diagnosed with acoustic neuroma between 1998 and 2006. And those who’d used cell phones the longest — at least 11 years — had no greater risk than shorter-term users or non-users.
Also there was no indication that long-term cell users had larger-than-expected tumors. Nor did they have a tendency to develop acoustic neuromas on the right side, where most held their phone. Many researchers believe that the radiofrequency waves from cell phones are not capable of causing tumors.
Bottom Line: The jury is out on the relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors. I plan to continue using mine on a regular basis. I’ll let you if I have trouble hearing or ringing in my ears!