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The Cell-Phone Tumour Link

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Another chink in cell-phone armour comes from a Swedish study in the February 2003 issue of the International Journal of Oncology

Another chink in cell-phone armour comes from a Swedish study in the February 2003 issue of the International Journal of Oncology. Researchers looked at 10 years of medical records for 1,600 cell-phone users diagnosed with brain tumours. They found those who spent one hour or more daily using cell phones had one-third (30 percent) higher risk of developing acoustic neuroma, a rare brain tumour. The more cell phones were used, and the more years they were used, the higher the risk. Most tumours were on the side of the head nearest where the phone was held. This correlation held true for phones that were digital, old-style analogue and digital-enhanced cordless.

Meanwhile, the BC Cancer Agency announced that they are conducting a Canadian study on cell phones and cancerous tumours using people from Ottawa, Montreal and Southern BC. Results are not expected for another several years. Previous research has shown that cell phones affect memory and alter brain function.

Canadians Going Cell Phone Crazy

  • Percentage of Canadians who own a cell phone: 56
  • Daily minutes the average Canadian wireless chats: 19
  • Average monthly cellular bill: $41

Source: Fall 2002 survey by manufacturer Ericsson Canada

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