Monday, April 03, 2006

Study: Longterm cellphone use raises brain tumor risk

Researchers at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life examined mobile phone use with 905 people between age 20 and 80 who have malignant brain tumors, and observed a corelation.
  • "A total 85 of these 905 cases were so-called high users of mobile phones, that is they began early to use mobile and/or wireless telephones and used them a lot," the study said. "The study also shows that the rise in risk is noticeable for tumors on the side of the head where the phone was said to be used."
  • Kjell Mild, who led the study, said the figures meant that heavy users of mobile phones, for instance of who make mobile phone calls for 2,000 hours or more in their life, had a 240 percent increased risk for a malignant tumor on the side of the head the phone is used.
  • "The way to get the risk down is to use hands-free," he told Reuters.

Link to Reuters item, via CNET.

Source: boing boing

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