Study finds brain tumor connection to cell phone use

Study finds brain tumor connection to cell phone use

Summary: A study from the Swedish National Institute for Working Life has found that cell phone usage increases the risk for brain tumors. Users who make cell calls for 2,000 hours or more during their lives have a 240 percent increased risk for a malignant tumor on the side of the head the phone is used, the study concluded.

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cellbrain.jpgA study from the Swedish National Institute for Working Life has found that cell phone usage increases the risk for brain tumors. Users who make cell calls for 2,000 hours or more during their lives have a 240 percent increased risk for a malignant tumor on the side of the head the phone is used, the study concluded. This contradicts other studies that haven't found a connection between long-term cell phone usage and brain tumors.  According to the Reuters story, the Swedish study is more comprehensive that past studies. Given the uncertainty and the potential risk, even if it ultimately proves to be minute, go hands free...

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  • Cell phones: 1000, Swedes:1

    After hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into thousands of studies that were unable to tie a disease vector to cell phone use, one study claims to find something.

    Given that these are statistical studies with random samples, if they keep trying long enough, any result they want will eventually turn up--and they have been trying a long time.

    The most likely possibilities include random chance, erroneous methodology and outright fraud. With the odds against this study running at thousands to one, I wouldn't get out my lead-foil beany quite yet.
    Marc Thibault
  • Where's the Control Group?

    I don't see any control group mentioned! How large was it? How was it selected? What was the proportion of cell-phone users in the age and sex-matched group of those without brain tumors?
    In a plugged-in society like Sweden, I suspect that ANY group chosen at random will be found to have a high proportion of cell-phone users. How much higher is it in the brain-tumor group? What is the probability that that difference could have occured by chance?
    The article doesn't say.
    hsfrey
    • They don't want control groups!

      There is no "fizz and pop" to their story if they use proper testing techniques.

      I have been treated for what should have been a fatal brain cancer, and survived. At the time of diagnosis, I had never used a cell phone!
      doc_cotton
      • At the time of diagnosis, I had never used a cell phone!

        I don?t think they are saying all brain tumours are caused by Mobile Phones, but that using a Mobile Phone can increase the risk of developing a Brain Tumour
        IronCladChicken
        • Cancers by cellphone

          Through their randomized study...they're trying to prove brain cancer by emission levels. Since cellphones use the lowest emissions to hit a cell-tower (and gees, cellphones ARE radios' first) there may be a chance for cancer.
          Personally, all of their subjects probably got their brain cancers through naturally occurring/genetic scripting and using their microwave machines at home. Doubtful that the cellphones did it, unless they'd clamped the cellphones to their heads for the past 40 years....then "MAYBE". Cellphones transmit in the 1/1000th of a watt. We people pick that up in areas in of our lives through radiation factors in the soils/mountains/bluffs more than a spitting out via cellphones. But then, mountains/bluffs that give off radiation doesn't produce spectacular headlines and sell magazines, newspapers and TV spots.

          Best regards.
          walterreads9