|FROM ||Michael L Richardson
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Cellphone DO kill ....
|They have been saying this since the fist cell phones. I don't know if
any studies were ever done.
Ruben Safir wrote:
> June 3, 2008 Well Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer By
> TARA PARKER-POPE
> What do brain surgeons know about cellphone safety that the rest of
> us donâ€™t?
> Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons told the CNN interviewer Larry
> King that they did not hold cellphones next to their ears. â€œI think
> the safe practice,â€ said Dr. Keith Black, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai
> Medical Center in Los Angeles, â€œis to use an earpiece so you keep the
> microwave antenna away from your brain.â€
> Dr. Vini Khurana, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Australian
> National University who is an outspoken critic of cellphones, said:
> â€œI use it on the speaker-phone mode. I do not hold it to my ear.â€ And
> CNNâ€™s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon at
> Emory University Hospital, said that like Dr. Black he used an earpiece.
> Along with Senator Edward M. Kennedyâ€™s recent diagnosis of a glioma,
> a type of tumor that critics have long associated with cellphone use,
> the doctorsâ€™ remarks have helped reignite a long-simmering debate
> about cellphones and cancer.
> That supposed link has been largely dismissed by many experts, including
> the American Cancer Society. The theory that cellphones cause brain tumors
> â€œdefies credulity,â€ said Dr. Eugene Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery
> at Montefiore Medical Center.
> According to the Food and Drug Administration, three large epidemiology
> studies since 2000 have shown no harmful effects. CTIA â€” the Wireless
> Association, the leading industry trade group, said in a statement,
> â€œThe overwhelming majority of studies that have been published in
> scientific journals around the globe show that wireless phones do not
> pose a health risk.â€
> The F.D.A. notes, however, that the average period of phone use in the
> studies it cites was about three years, so the research doesnâ€™t answer
> questions about long-term exposures. Critics say many studies are flawed
> for that reason, and also because they do not distinguish between casual
> and heavy use.
> Cellphones emit non-ionizing radiation, waves of energy that are too
> weak to break chemical bonds or to set off the DNA damage known to cause
> cancer. There is no known biological mechanism to explain how non-ionizing
> radiation might lead to cancer.
> But researchers who have raised concerns say that just because science
> canâ€™t explain the mechanism doesnâ€™t mean one doesnâ€™t exist. Concerns
> have focused on the heat generated by cellphones and the fact that the
> radio frequencies are absorbed mostly by the head and neck. In recent
> studies that suggest a risk, the tumors tend to occur on the same side
> of the head where the patient typically holds the phone.
> Like most research on the subject, the studies are observational, showing
> only an association between cellphone use and cancer, not a causal
> relationship. The most important of these studies is called Interphone,
> a vast research effort in 13 countries, including Canada, Israel and
> several in Europe.
> Some of the research suggests a link between cellphone use and three
> types of tumors: glioma; cancer of the parotid, a salivary gland near
> the ear; and acoustic neuroma, a tumor that essentially occurs where the
> ear meets the brain. All these cancers are rare, so even if cellphone
> use does increase risk, the risk is still very low.
> Last year, The American Journal of Epidemiology published data from Israel
> finding a 58 percent higher risk of parotid gland tumors among heavy
> cellphone users. Also last year, a Swedish analysis of 16 studies in the
> journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed a doubling of risk
> for acoustic neuroma and glioma after 10 years of heavy cellphone use.
> â€œWhat weâ€™re seeing is suggestions in epidemiological studies that
> have looked at people using phones for 10 or more years,â€ says Louis
> Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an industry publication that tracks
> the research. â€œThere are some very disconcerting findings that suggest
> a problem, although itâ€™s much too early to reach a conclusive view.â€
> Some doctors say the real concern is not older cellphone users, who
> began using phones as adults, but children who are beginning to use
> phones today and face a lifetime of exposure.
> â€œMore and more kids are using cellphones,â€ said Dr. Paul J. Rosch,
> clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical
> College. â€œThey may be much more affected. Their brains are growing
> rapidly, and their skulls are thinner.â€
> For people who are concerned about any possible risk, a simple solution
> is to use a headset. Of course, that option isnâ€™t always convenient,
> and some critics have raised worries about wireless devices like the
> Bluetooth that essentially place a transmitter in the ear.
> The fear is that even if the individual risk of using a cellphone is low,
> with three billion users worldwide, even a minuscule risk would translate
> into a major public health concern.
> â€œWe cannot say with any certainty that cellphones are either safe or not
> safe,â€ Dr. Black said on CNN. â€œMy concern is that with the widespread
> use of cellphones, the worst scenario would be that we get the definitive
> study 10 years from now, and we find out there is a correlation.â€
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