Chance of Brain Cancer Up 500% For Children With Cellphones

Posted: September 22, 2008 in Your Health
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London Daily Mail: Children who use mobile phones are ‘five times more likely to develop brain tumours’

  • Professor Lennart Hardell, of the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, said: ‘People who started mobile phone use before the age of 20 had a more than five-fold increase in glioma.’
  • This is a cancer of the glial cells which support the central nervous system. About half of all primary brain tumours are gliomas, according to Cancer Research.
  • Professor Hardell said that home cordless phones were almost as risky as mobile phones, with youngsters using them four times as likely to develop glioma.
  • Those who started using a mobile phone before the age of 20 also increased the risk by five times of getting an acoustic neuroma.
  • These are benign tumours which do not cause cancer. Nevertheless, they can damage the auditory nerve and cause deafness.
  • The researchers said that those who started using their mobiles in their 20s were 50 per cent more likely to contract glioma and twice as likely to get acoustic neuromas.
  • Professor Hardell said: ‘This is a warning sign. It is very worrying. We should be taking precautions.’

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