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Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?

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For the last decade, scientists have warned us that cellphones are linked to brain cancer.

But the mobile industry has fought back, saying the research is inadequate and inconclusive.1

Now, Sen. John McCain, whose job demanded long hours of cellphone use, has been diagnosed with glioblastoma. It’s the deadliest form of brain cancer. Only about 30% of patients survive longer than two years after diagnosis. And it’s the type of cancer most closely linked to cellphone use.2 3

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Sen. John McCain on his cellphone

Just this past May, a group of researchers published a massive review of all studies from 1980 through 2016 that examined cellphone use and glioma, the class of tumors that includes glioblastoma.

The findings were scary.

To quote the study, published in PlosONE:

“There was a significant positive association between long-term mobile phone use (minimum, 10 years) and glioma. And there was a significant positive association between long-term ipsilateral mobile phone use and the risk of glioma.”4

Ipsilateral means affecting the same side of the body. So, for example, if you use your left hand to hold your cellphone to your head, there is a greater risk of the tumor developing on the left side of your brain.

John McCain is left-handed. The tumor was over the senator’s left eye. That’s very close to where he would have been pressing his cellphone to his head for many years.

Proven Dangers of Cellphone Radiation

Another major 2016 study tested the effects of cellphone radiation on rats. It was conducted by the National Toxicology Program, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

The conclusion? Cellphones are a “likely” cause of cancer.

The study exposed more than 2,500 rats for two years to the same type and amount of radiation you get when you use your cellphone. The researchers found that rats getting cellphone radiation developed brain cancer at higher rates than rats not exposed to the radiation.5

Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer deaths in American adolescents and adults ages 15 to 39.6 Young people are also the most frequent cellphone users.

A research paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2010 followed avid cellphone users for 10 years. They spoke on the phone for an average of 30 minutes day.

Scientists found these heavy cellphone users had a 40% higher risk of brain cancer than those who used their phones less often.7

5 Ways to Protect Yourself

The FDA officially considers the cancer risk from cellphone radiation to be “probably very small.” But then, in classic doublespeak, the agency gives tips for consumers to lower their exposure to cellphone radiation.8

In today’s world, it is almost impossible to function without a cellphone. But there are simple steps you can use to lessen the danger:

  1. Text instead of call. This keeps the phone farther away from your head. 
  1. Use speaker mode. Again, the phone will be farther from vulnerable brain tissue. 
  1. Use a headset, ear buds, or Bluetooth earpieces. If you need to make long calls, this is the way to go. It also frees up your hands if you are driving or need to take notes. 
  1. Don’t keep your phone in your pants pocket or anywhere else close to your body for an extended time. If you must, wear it on an external belt clip or in a purse. 
  1. Don’t sleep with your phone next to your bed.

Two more things… When you’re getting a weak signal, such as only one bar, be especially vigilant about not putting the phone up to your head. Some phones greatly increase their power in an attempt to capture a better signal. That’s when you’ll get a big dose of radiation.

Also, skip phone “radiation shields.” There is little evidence they work.9

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References:
1 https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/do-cellphones-cause-brain-cancer-or-not/534303/
2 http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/05/federal-study-links-cell-phone-radiation-cancer/
3 http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/glioblastoma.html
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5417432/#
5 http://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2016/05/26/055699.full.pdf
6 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160224132910.htm
7 https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2010/pdfs/pr200_E.pdf
8 https://www.consumerreports.org/cell-phones/what-the-cell-phone-brain-cancer-study-means-for-you/
9 https://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com/2016/06/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-cellphone-radiation/

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