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Some studies show cell phone use may have ill effect

24 Nov

Scientists have been trying to study the effects of cell phone use on the human body but until recently they have not been able to come up with anything definitive.¬†A European Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, cites several studies on the topic published in the last five years that have found an increased “relative risk estimate” of both cancerous and benign head tumours.

The document also said the majority of papers on the topic reported no connection between 10 years of mobile phone use and disease. Supporting data on both sides is limited. Health Canada, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, and the European Union have based their cellphone regulations on the majority of evidence available so far.

 However a few studies within the same European report suggested that 10 years of cellphone use increased the risk of:

  • Glioma, a type of cancer that affects the central nervous system and can manifest in the brain; and
  • Acoustic neuromas, a slow-growing non-cancerous tumour that develops around a cranial nerve that attaches to the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss.
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