Analog cellphone users are more than 3 times more likely to develop a potentially deadly form of brain tumor, according to Swedish scientists. The study of more than 1,600 brain tumor patients, ages 20 to 80, was conducted by Swedish oncology professor Lennart Hardell. He found that the likelihood of developing the tumors increased with the number of years of phone use.
Acoustic Neurinoma, the main type of cancers caused by cellphone use, begins in the ear canal and can cause facial paralysis. It becomes life-threatening if it exerts too much pressure inside the skull, but this type of cancer does not spread. Hardell found that the risk of developing any type of brain tumor increased 26 percent among analogue phone users and 77 percent among those who had used the phones for more than 10 years.
This also means that users of the more recently developed digital phones may also face an increase risk with continued usage. Dr. Bruce Hocking, a specialist in environmental medicine, says, ?There?s an urgent need to look at digital phones. It will be important to follow up over a number of years.?
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