Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors: Is there a connection? (News Release)
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 31 /PRNewswire/ — Is there a link between cell phones
and brain tumors? Over the past 15 years, there has been growing concern about
this possibility. Part of this concern stems from the fact that there are over
one billion cell phone subscribers worldwide, and the number is increasing.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF), a non-profit patient
organization, is addressing this question in its latest newsletter. Stefan
Lonn, PhD, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, authored the
cover article.


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“It is easy to see the advantages of cell phones both for individuals and
for the wider community,” writes Dr. Lonn, “but concerns have been raised that
use of this technology has increased dramatically without sufficient
understanding of potential adverse health effects.”

Early last year Dr. Lonn published the results of a Swedish study, which
found an increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, after 10
or more years of cell phone use. This year he published more research results,
which showed that cell phones did not increase the risk of other brain tumor
types (gliomas or meningiomas). These types of conflicting reports often leave
the public unsure about whether cell phones pose a risk or not.

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“Because we receive so many questions about whether there is a link
between cell phones and brain tumors, NBTF decided to devote an entire
newsletter to this issue,” says Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH, NBTF’s Executive
Director. “We hope our readers will be in a better position to make an
informed decision about their own cell phone use after reading our
publication.”

Dr. Lonn’s work is part of the Interphone study, a 14-country research
project initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The results of the
Interphone study are due in 2006. Meanwhile, the WHO suggests that persons
concerned about cell phone use can limit the length of calls, use a “hands-
free” device to keep cell phones away from the head and body, and avoid using
cell phones while driving. NBTF has endorsed these guidelines.

In addition to Dr Lonn’s article, the NBTF newsletter contains the views
of prominent health professionals and scientists regarding the possible link
between cell phone use and brain tumors.

 

Each year over 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a
primary brain tumor and 360,000 Americans are currently living with a brain
tumor. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors. Despite numerous
studies about brain tumors, their causes remain unknown.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation raises funds for research into the
causes of brain tumors and to improve treatments. NBTF also provides support
and information to patients and family members. For a copy of the newsletter,
contact NBTF at 1.800.934.2873 or visit the What’s New section of the NBTF
website, http://www.braintumor.org.

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