Concerns about cell phone cancer are not unwarranted. Researchers continue to study the effects of cell phone radiation. Certain types of cancer and brain tumors are more likely to develop in individuals who have been exposed to cell phone radiation, according to certain studies. Given that over five billion people around the world use mobile devices, the link between cell phones and cancer is one that should not be taken lightly. In fact, recent studies show that the risk of developing glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma or tumors of the salivary glands or in the neck significantly increases when there has been prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation.

Understanding The Cell Phone Tumor Cancer Link

Questions about cell phones and cancer are best answered by understanding the science of cell phone radiation. Cell phones emit non-ionizing RF electromagnetic waves, which include microwave, radio waves and ultraviolet. Although, non-ionizing radiation does not break down molecules, studies show that it can have other effects, including a mutational effect on human blood cells. This mutational effect is what can develop into cell phone cancer.

A cell phone’s radiation level is measured by the Specific Absorption Rate (“SAR”). The Federal Communications Commission issued guidelines on cell phone radiation levels. According to these guidelines, cell phones must have an SAR of less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. However, studies have found that most cell phone industry testing actually underestimates the value of SAR emitted by mobile phones, thereby exposing users to unsafe amounts of cell phone radiation. In fact, a recent study published in the Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine Journal found that industry testing underestimates the value of SAR emitted for 97 percent of cell phone users. Researchers determined that the industry sponsored study was conducted under unrealistic conditions, leading to inaccurate conclusions. Specifically, testing was done using a mannequin that was modeled as an adult male of above average weight and height, holding the mobile phone an inch away from his head. Most modern cell phone users hold their devices much closer to their heads, making them more vulnerable to cell phone cancer effects. Additionally, the study did not examine the relationship between cell phones and cancer for women, teens and children.

Cell Phones And Brian Cancer Examined By WHO And Other Organizations

Several organizations have begun to examine the link between cell phone radiation and certain types of cancer and tumors. In May 2011, the World Health Organization reclassified cell phone radiation as a possible cancer causing agent. Cell phone cancer effects can manifest in the form glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma or tumors of the salivary glands or in the neck. The Mayo Clinic has stated that heavy cell phone use puts individuals at an increased risk for developing acoustic neuroma. Further, an independently funded Swedish cohort studying cell phones and cancer found that long-term use of cellular phones correlated with an increased risk of developing glioma and acoustic neuroma. Finally, the expansive Interphone study, which was conducted over a ten year period across 13 countries, determined that the risk of cell phone cancer is greatest for users who spend at least 30 minutes a day on the phone. After ten years, those users doubled their chances of developing glioma. The results might have been even more alarming had the study included children and young adults, who are more vulnerable to cell phone radiation effects, and tracked the subjects for more than ten years, given that certain types of cancer and tumors can take up to 30 years to manifest.

Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Brain Activity

The increasing fear of the possibility of cell phone cancer has been renewed by a recent National Institute of Health study that measured the brain’s activity when exposed to cell phone radiation. The study used PET scans to measure the brain’s rate of metabolizing sugar. When the participants used their phones for 50 minutes or more, the PET scans showed increased brain activity of about seven percent in the regions closest to the antenna. Although the study did not discuss the long-term impact of increased brain activity, the human brain’s sensitivity to a cell phone’s relatively weak magnetic impulses raises more questions about the relationship between cell phones and cancer.

How to Prevent Cell Phone Brain Tumors and Other Cancer.

To limit your risk of developing glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma or tumors of the salivary glands or in the neck, which can be caused by cell phones, try following these tips to minimize cell phone radiation exposure:

  • Hold cell phone away from head;
  • Turn your cell phone off when not in use;
  • Use safe wired headset technologies or speakerphone;
  • Text instead of call;
  • Avoid using cell phone in areas with poor reception;
  • Avoid letting children use cell phones; and
  • Research the SAR of a phone model before you buy.

Find a Cell Phone Brain Tumor / Cancer Lawyer

The cell phone cancer lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating cases and the relationship between cell phones and certain types of cancer and tumors. If you were diagnosed with glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma or tumors of the salivary glands or in the neck as a result of cell phone use, contact us today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Cell phone radiation effects are serious and can be life-threatening. A Bernstein Liebhard LLP cell phone cancer lawyer can explain your legal rights and options.

Published March 13, 2012 by