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19 September, 2011 | By Susanne Larsson
The use of mobile phones is increasing among children and
adolescents. Experts warn of the dangers, since children are
more vulnerable to radiation.
In a recent study, an international research team concluded
that mobile-phone use among children does not increase the
risk of developing brain tumors.
Parents who might be breathing a sigh of relief at this
should think twice. According to one Swedish expert, we
cannot trust these results, and she is not the only one
According to professor Maria Feychting, Institute of
Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institute (KI), who led
the Swedish part of the Cefalo study, the results show no
increased risk of developing a brain tumor among young cell
The basis for this study is standardized interviews with 352
children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 19 in
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland who have developed
brain tumors between 2004 and 2008.
Participants were asked about their mobile-phone habits. The
responses were then compared with the cell-phone habits of
646 healthy control individuals of the same age. The results
from the study were published in Journal of the National
Results showed that children who had their own cell-phone
subscriptions for more than 2.8 years were more than twice
as likely to develop brain tumors.
Journalist and author Mona Nilsson has followed cell-phone
risk studies for many years, and she does not find the
results of the Cefalo study reassuring.
On the contrary, the results are very worrying. The study
shows the opposite, that mobile-phone use increases the risk
of brain tumors, even at relatively low use by today’s
Nilsson believes that the scientists dismiss their own
findings in the study and that these are the same scientists
who tried to smooth over the increased brain-tumor risk in
the international WHO study a year ago.
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