Long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk for the brain tumor called glioma which is the most common type of brain tumor. The study was published online October 28 in Pathophysiology.
The Glioma risk tripled for people who used any wireless phone for more than 25 years. The risk was increased in those individuals who started using the phones before the age of 20 reported Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden. He suggested that doctors speak with their patients about this risk. In this phone based society, we can protect ourselves by using hands-free phones with load speakers, text messaging and blue tooth technology in our cars.
Rassman Comment: We have seen this concern raised many years ago but there was no proof that the risks of brain cancer with phone use was so high. This article may be a game changer requiring all of us to keep the hand units away from our brain. When I walk in public places or pass by schools, young people can be seen with phones looking like they are ‘glued to their ears’. As parents and grandparents, we should be cognoscente of this risk and get our young people to use text or hands-free instead of long term phoning.