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Study Links Brain Cancer to Children Using Cell Phones

By March 17, 2009

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People who begin using mobile phones before age 20 are more than five times as likely to develop a malignant brain tumor, according to an international group of scientists who studied the effects of electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation on living cells and human health.

The team examined the results of 15 studies from health researchers in six different countries, and reported their findings in the journal Pathophysiology. The scientists also called on nations worldwide to adopt tougher safety standards for mobile phone use and to issue warnings about the potential danger of cell phone radiation, particularly for children.

Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from University Hospital in Sweden, found that after one or more years of cell phone use, the risk of brain cancer in people who begin using mobile phones before they turn 20 is 5.2 times greater than for the general population. For people who begin using mobile phones later in life, the risk of a malignant brain tumor is 1.4 times greater.

"What stands out is the consistency of the association of exposure and disease,” said Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health & the Environment at the University at Albany and a co-author of the report. “The evidence, as I see it, is sufficiently strong that there needs to be public warnings, there needs to be establishments of exposure guidelines and that the present guidelines — in Canada, the United States or anywhere else — are not protective of human health.

"I see us facing a major problem in the future because of the fact that young children are on cell phones constantly, and we may be setting ourselves up for an epidemic of brain cancer, the same thing we did with cigarette smoking and lung cancer."

The official position of most government agencies charged with monitoring the public health risks of cell phone radiation—and certainly the stance of the wireless phone industry—is that there is not sufficient scientific evidence to determine that cell phones pose a risk to human health. Yet, scientists continue to study the issue and their findings continue to raise questions.

These new findings, which indicate a much higher potential risk of brain cancer for children who use cell phones, should at least serve as a caution for parents.

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March 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(1) Dunin says:

since when are all people under 20 counted as “children”

March 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(2) zara says:

i cant believe that with more and more evidence constantly shown in the media of the effects of using mobile phones at a young age parents still allow it. Yet its not just the family where this damage is being allowed to continue , advertisers need to stop showing younger and ounger kids using mobile phones making it seem normal. The effects are worrying and scary and need to be controlled.

March 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm
(3) guidoLaMoto says:

Don’t worry too much about it, Zara. A recent study showed significant increase in brain tumors in NY. The author states: “We believe that the dominant reasons for these increases are improved diagnostic methods…”

It ain’t the cell phones.

March 19, 2009 at 9:21 pm
(4) guidoLaMoto says:

Don’t worry too much about it, Zara. A recent study showed significant increase in brain tumors in NY since 1976. The author states: “We believe that the dominant reasons for these increases are improved diagnostic methods…”

It ain’t the cell phones.

March 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(5) concerned mother says:

Wake up to the rest of the world Canada. Our exposure limits are one of the highest in the worlds and Health Canada continues to refuse the mounting evidence that non ionizing radiation is a real threat to human health and especially to our children. There certainly is enough data from credible sources to warrant precaution when it comes to children using cell phones. What are they waiting for – a pandemic of brain cancer before they say there is a need for restraint. I am ashamed of our government who clearly puts big industry profit before all of our children’s health. God help us because our federal health agencies won’t.

June 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(6) Gail Kempney says:

I would like to know how to find out how many persons and how many years was this study???

December 24, 2009 at 10:10 am
(7) guidoLaMoto says:

Gail, you bring up good questions: some studies have found a doubled rate of rare tumors, but more importantly, the latent period before a tumor shows up may be outside the length of the studies, ie- it may be a bigger problem than the studies can show yet. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/710492

OTOH- isn’t there a bigger question here: should little kids be using cell phones more than occassionally? Shouldn’t they be out playing ball, jumping rope or robbing gas staions? What ever happened to childhood?

March 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(8) Virginia Farver says:

Listen UP! My Son, Rich died from glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer October of 2008. Rich lived 7 months, and died at the age of 29. Rich was also a student at SDSU in San Diego CA.. I found an article and a video about a brain cancer cluster on the SDSU campus. If you type in,”SDSU ROOM HAUNTED BY CANCER.”

April 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(9) Lloyd says:

Ive been electrically sensitive since 2002. Im a 43 year father of 2. My two kids having seen the suffering Ive been through, so they completely self regulate – they are all too aware of the dangers. My 14 year old daughter has a cell phone, we didn’t want to ban it, but she only uses if for texting and my 11 year old son is happy without one. Our house is a cell phone no go zone. Ive had a tough time adapting but am now living quite normally with my condition. Of one thing im sure, we need to protect our children, see my blog on this http://electricsense.com/category/moble-phones-and-children/

April 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(10) Carlos Dominguez says:

Does using a bluetooth headset present the same hazards as talking directing into a cellphone?

July 8, 2010 at 8:39 am
(11) combine harvetser says:

hahahaha this is just something to scare the public ooarrr

December 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(12) Tony says:


Bluetooth earpieces have an SAR value of around 0.001 watts/kg (less than one thousandth the SAR limit for cell phones as set by the FDA and FCC).

Basically using a bluetooth headset is a good way to decrease your exposure to RF radiation. Although I personally don’t think the RF radiation from cell phones can cause brain cancer, so don’t worry about it too much.

December 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(13) Kristen says:

!!!!Cell phones are causing brain tumors!!!!

Suggested readings:

1. Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It and How to Protect Your Family.

2. Cell Phones and The Dark Deception: Find Out What You Aren’t Being Told and Why.

3. Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age

4. Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern.

5. Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution.

6. Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette

Movie: Full Signal

Songs: Yes…there are even songs creating awareness about the dangers of cell phones. Wake up America!

(The cellphone song) Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age by Trillion

January 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm
(14) CellPhoneProtection says:

Its difficult for me to believe that an industry as large as and as powerful as our communications sector can be so ignorant to believe prolonged exposure to EMF radiation is not harmful. Can you say conspiracy?

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