Talking on your phone and catching up on the latest gossip, could cause you to have cancer in the future.
In April 2014, a researcher, scientist, and oncologist by the name of Siddhartha Mukherjee, received a Pulitzer Prize for a text he published regarding the claims surrounding the link between electromagnetic radiation and cancer. Mukherjee used his book to debunk these claims and to make assertions that this is not possible. Perhaps the most compelling claim made the author and scientist was that brain cancer should already be more prevalent throughout the world based on the expansive and explosive growth of smart phones as an industry and of the use of cell phones and mobile towers for communications needs throughout the world. However, a new study in France indicates that Mukherjee may have misunderstood how the growth rate of cell phone usage works in harmony and out of harmony with the growth rate of cancer, especially when it comes to brain cancer and tumours.
On May 9th, 2014, The British Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published a study which indicates that cell phone usage in excess of 15 hours per month can increase the risk of developing a brain tumour by more than three times that of a person who rarely or only seldom utilizes their mobile telephone.
The correlation study at the University of Bordeaux, in France, looked at the histories and activities of individuals who had contracted meningioma and glioma, and a large group of healthy individuals. The study looked at their habits for cell phone usage to determine whether cell phone usage could be linked to brain cancer as a direct or indirect cause. The majority of the individuals involved in the studies had owned and used a cell phone for the past five years.
Individuals who work in the sales industry were of particular interest to the researchers, and appeared to have a significant risk of increased rate of glioma or meningioma development. The data gathered during the study helps to support previous findings and prove that cell phone radiation, whether it comes from a mobile device or a mobile mast, is dangerous and can cause harm after increased exposure. However, this particular study did have one anomaly that does not match up with previous studies. Previous studies indicated that the brain tumour often developed on the same side of the head where the cell phone was used. But in the May 9th released study, the tumours were more often appearing on the side of the head opposite that where the cell phone is most often used.
This study, though it helps to provide additional credence to previous studies, is not guaranteed to prove that cell phone radiation from mobile devices and masts can be harmful. This is due to the fact that filtering is difficult for these types of studies. Many other factors can cause or contribute to the development of cancer, such as alcohol intake, smoking, genetic predisposition, and other types of lifestyle choices that cannot always be accounted for in a small, focused study.
Also, another thing to be noted is that the amount of cancer patients with brain tumours is in the rise, some patients admitted in NHS wards around the country are as young as 20. It is a statistic in itself that needs to be looked at and addressed. If you knew that the mast that was supposed to keep you in touch and ensure you have a signal, would indeed cause your death, would you want to carry a phone with you still?