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"It's not a tumor!"
Top British researcher says cell phones more harmful than asbestos or cigarette smoke

Dr. Vini Khurana, a top British neurosurgeon and medical researcher, is trying ardently to grab people's attention about what he sees as a grave risk to health.  He has published over 30 papers; his specialty -- cell phones and their links to disease.  He has reviewed over 100 papers on the links between cell phones and cancer.  His latest research, currently under peer-review prior to journal publication, emphasizes a strong link between cell phones and tumors.

Not one to shirk from using strong language on the topic, Dr. Khurana states controversially, "Mobile phones could have health consequences far greater than asbestos and smoking."

The number of users is the first aspect to look at, says Dr. Khurana.  Over 3 billion people worldwide use a cell phone, according to Dr. Khurana.  Only about one billion people worldwide smoke, evidence to his claims.  The smoking population incurs approximately five million worldwide smoking related deaths a year. 

The doctor expresses no uncertainty about whether cell phones cause cancer.  He states emphatically, "there is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumors."

Government action is a necessity says Dr. Khurana, but he declines to elaborate on possible measures.  The cell phone industry meanwhile scoffs at the research.  Britain's Mobile Operators Association, a major telecomm collective commented that the new study was "a selective discussion of scientific literature by one individual."

In the U.S. last September, a research study by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme indicated that there was no cell phone-cancer link.  However, the normally conservative National Academy of Sciences reporting at the bequest of the Food and Drug Administration ruled that there was a possible link, but more research was needed.  The National Academy of Sciences suggested studies on the effects of use on children and pregnant women and a comparative study of heavy users and the general population. 

In February, DailyTech reported in a study appearing in a U.S. medical journal, which indicated that heavy cell phone use raised the risk of some tumors as much as 50 percent.  Cancers of the salivary gland in particular were found to be the most commonly induced type.  This study differed in that it looked at the effects of long term use.  Also it was among the first studies to examine cancer rates in other organs besides the brain.

Many doctors have expressed concern since the 1980s, when cell phones came into widespread use, that the electromagnetic radiation from the cell phone transmissions might increase mutation rates, upping individuals' cancer risk.  With evidence mildly supporting such conclusions mounting, similar concerns have recently been voiced about Wi-Fi.  Sir William Stewart, chairman of Britain's Health Protection Agency, demanded a thorough investigation of possible cancer/Wi-Fi correlations, based on the fact that Wi-Fi exposure to electromagnetic fields is often even more prolific than that from cell phones.  Allegedly, some people are sensitive enough to Wi-Fi that it causes them headaches.  The Austrian Medical Association is lobbying for a countrywide ban on Wi-Fi.

The new research from Dr. Khurana also follows in the conclusions of other European studies.  A study in Finland found that cell phone users of 10 years or more were 40 percent more likely to get a brain tumor on the side of the head they usually hold their phone.  A follow up study in Sweden indicate this risk to be closer to four times as great.

Cell phone use is currently banned on planes due to interference dangers, however, most analysts agree that a national level ban in any industrialized nation is impractical.

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RE: scary facts
By m1ldslide1 on 3/31/2008 7:25:05 PM , Rating: 5
It's a tough situation, because given the proliferation of cell phones you want evidence NOW that clearly determines what the consequences of cell phone use are. Unfortunately I doubt there's an easy way to simulate decades of cell phone use in a lab, unless of course, you have decades to conduct the experiment. In the mean time, you'll have alarmists on one side and corporate attorneys on the other. It's going to be a long time before we find out the answers to these questions...

RE: scary facts
By dmessman on 3/31/2008 7:55:51 PM , Rating: 5
Here's the thing, we don't need rock hard conclusive evidence. We need opinions with a moderate level of confidence to be stated. Take 1000 rats and expose their tiny brains to cell phones for 6 months. Observe to see if any brain cancer percentages increase or decrease from the control. That's a pretty good indicator to start.

Do I want to give my cell phone? No way. But if it increases by chance of brain cancer by an amount that I find unacceptable, then I'm back to land lines.

RE: scary facts
By eye smite on 3/31/08, Rating: -1
RE: scary facts
By marsbound2024 on 3/31/2008 8:46:21 PM , Rating: 4
More like... hello bye pass... hello bye pass

RE: scary facts
By Smiting Eye on 4/10/2008 5:44:39 PM , Rating: 1
now that's funny

RE: scary facts
By BruceLeet on 3/31/2008 10:30:22 PM , Rating: 5
It's going to be a long time before we find out the answers to these questions...

So Apple users sitting in their Wi-fi Starbucks isn't enough proof of brain-damaging effects?

Those people will buy Jobs' fart in a bag for $2,499

RE: scary facts
By xsilver on 4/1/2008 3:20:09 AM , Rating: 2
if you were doing that, it would be hard to tell if you're having a brain tumor from your phone or your ego.

RE: scary facts
By Polynikes on 4/1/2008 7:18:26 AM , Rating: 2
Good thing I barely use mine.

RE: scary facts
By MrBungle on 4/1/2008 12:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
Great! Thanks for sharing.

RE: scary facts
By encryptkeeper on 4/1/2008 8:55:30 AM , Rating: 1
It's a tough situation, because given the proliferation of cell phones you want evidence NOW that clearly determines what the consequences of cell phone use are.

So with 3 billion cell phone users in the world, shouldn't this research be easy to come by? Even if this research were true, it always seems like there's 100 people saying that there isn't any link between cell phones and cancer. Getting scared by this is like listening to the one scientist out of 100 that doesn't believe in global warming, but for some reason that one idiot gets as much media attention as the other 100 scientists, making the overall argument look much more divided than it really is.

RE: scary facts
By sxr7171 on 4/6/2008 11:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if we err on the side of safety we would move towards finding solutions to reduce the amount of radiation emitted to the head from phones.

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