In the aftermath of a report earlier in the year wherein the World Health Organization classified cell phones as “potentially carcinogen,” there has been deep concerns here in Syracuse about the safety of cell phones. Brain cancer is clearly a horrible illness and there are many Syracuse doctors who specialize in treating brain cancer. On the brighter side of this issue a new study shows cell phone use may not be associated with the development of a benign type of brain tumor.
LiveScience has reported on an article by Rachael Rettner, a MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer, “Benign Brain Tumors Not Linked to Cell Phones.” According to a new Danish study using a cell phone for many years does not increase the risk of developing a benign type of brain tumor. These tumors, known as vestibular schwannomas, were found in this study to be no more likely to develop in people who have used cell phones for 11 years than in those who have used cell phones for shorter periods of time.
Although the findings in this study contradict some previous studies there remains concerns here in Syracuse about cell phone use possibly being associated with cancer. If you are concerned about this issue you may want to stay in touch with a Syracuse oncologist about the latest information dealing with this matter.
The researchers said that vestibular schwannomas originate in a part of the brain which theoretically would absorb the most energy from cell phones’ electromagnetic field. And these researchers insist that previous studies linking cell phone use to an increased risk for vestibular schwannomas contained flaws, such as inaccurate reporting of past cell phone use.
According to the National Institutes of Health vestibular schwannomas are not cancerous, however they grow around brain cells which are involved in hearing and balance. Vestibular schwannomas can cause hearing loss, dizziness or loss of balance. And if these tumors become large, they may press against critical brain regions and can become life-threatening.
However, although the researchers for this study have insisted previous studies linking cell phone use to increased risk for vestibular schwannomas contained flaws, there are some flaws in this study which must be considered. These researchers took into account only how long a person had a cell phone subscription. These researchers did not take into account how often that person used his or her phone. Furthermore, these tumors are very slow-growing, so it remains possible they could show up sometime after 11 years.
Mandel News Service