Jun 4, 2011

Cellphones A 'Possible' Carcinogen — Like Coffee

To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you're truly wireless...
We all keep hearing every so often that the use of cell phones causes cancer.  Well last night I saw another bit of news on TV regarding the same topic.  I am not sure if there is any actual evidence of this but, this is what the news reported....

A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee.

Classifying agents as "possibly carcinogenic" doesn't mean they automatically cause cancer and some experts said the ruling shouldn't change people's cellphone habits.

"Anything is a possible carcinogen," said Donald Berry, a professor of biostatistics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He was not involved in the WHO cancer group's assessment. "This is not something I worry about and it will not in any way change how I use my cellphone," he said — speaking from his cellphone.

Anyone's risk for cancer depends on many factors, from genetic makeup to the amount and length of time of an exposure...it seems like this panel of investigators believe that cellphones are probably linked to brain tumors....but, due to limited evidence this has not been proven.  These scientists acknowledged that they  found some threads of evidence telling them how cancers might occur, but there were  too many gaps and uncertainties.

Last year, results of a large study found no clear link between cellphones and cancer. But some advocacy groups contend the study raised serious concerns because it showed a hint of a possible connection between very heavy phone use and glioma, a rare but often deadly form of brain tumor. However, the numbers in that subgroup weren't sufficient to make the case.

The study was controversial because it began with people who already had cancer and asked them to recall how often they used their cellphones more than a decade ago.

In about 30 other studies done in Europe, New Zealand and the U.S., patients with brain tumors have not reported using their cellphones more often than unaffected people.
Because cellphones are so popular, it may be impossible for experts to compare cellphone users who develop brain tumors with people who don't use the devices. According to a survey last year, the number of cellphone subscribers worldwide has hit 5 billion, or nearly three-quarters of the global population.

People's cellphone habits have also changed dramatically since the first studies began years ago and it's unclear if the results of previous research would still apply today.

Since many cancerous tumors take decades to develop, experts say it's impossible to conclude cellphones have no long-term health risks. The studies conducted so far haven't tracked people for longer than about a decade.

Some experts recommended people use a headset or earpiece if they are worried about the possible health dangers of cellphones. "If there is a risk, most of it goes away with a wireless earpiece"

The American Cancer Society has estimated that only about 6 percent of cancers are related to environmental causes and most of that is on-the-job occupational exposure


You should be very restrictive with using mobile phones and cordless phones. Reduce the usage to very few and brief calls. Instead, use landlines as much as possible.   It's no wonder Arvid rarely turns on his cell phone anymore he does not like using it.  He much rather receive calls on our home number.  He really believes this to be true about cell phones causing cancer:))  As someone said "as you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - at least the first time around..."

People are very protective of their cell phones, how it's used, where it's used and how much it costs. It has become a very personal issue for a whole lot of people in this country...

until next time...