Early last year Dr. Lonn published the results of a Swedish study, which found an increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, after 10 or more years of cell phone use. This year he published more research results, which showed that cell phones did not increase the risk of other brain tumor types (gliomas or meningiomas). These types of conflicting reports often leave the public unsure about whether cell phones pose a risk or not.
“”Because we receive so many questions about whether there is a link between cell phones and brain tumors, NBTF decided to devote an entire newsletter to this issue,”” says Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH, NBTF’s Executive Director. “”We hope our readers will be in a better position to make an informed decision about their own cell phone use after reading our publication.”
Dr. Lonn’s work is part of the Interphone study, a 14-country research project initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The results of the Interphone study are due in 2006. Meanwhile, the WHO suggests that persons concerned about cell phone use can limit the length of calls, use a “”hands- free”” device to keep cell phones away from the head and body, and avoid using cell phones while driving. NBTF has endorsed these guidelines.
In addition to Dr Lonn’s article, the NBTF newsletter contains the views of prominent health professionals and scientists regarding the possible link between cell phone use and brain tumors.
Each year over 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor and 360,000 Americans are currently living with a brain tumor. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors. Despite numerous studies about brain tumors, their causes remain unknown.
The National Brain Tumor Foundation raises funds for research into the causes of brain tumors and to improve treatments.
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