Use of Cell Phone Among Children and High Risk of Brain Cancer
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Use of Cell Phone Among Children and High Risk of Brain Cancer

Numerous studies and research findings are now enough to prove that use of cell phone is responsible for some kind of risk which is direcly related to brain cancer. World Health Organization states that 'Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.' Our children are at greater risk because their usage of cell phones is more than adults. Young people now spend more time listening to music, playing games, and watching TV on their cell phones (a total of :49 daily) than they spend talking on them.

Numerous studies and research findings are now enough to prove that use of cell phone is responsible for some kind of risk which is direcly related to brain cancer. World Health Organization states that 'Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.'

Our children are at greater risk because their usage of cell phones is more than adults.  Young people now spend more time listening to music, playing games, and watching TV on their cell phones (a total of :49 daily) than they spend talking on them.

Lifetime exposure to the magnetic fields created by the phones -- particularly when they are held tightly against the head -- rapidly is increasing. Children are at particular risk, not only because their skulls are thinner but also because their lifetime exposure to cell phones likely will be greater than the exposure of current adults.

The increase in media use is driven in large part by ready access to mobile devices like cell phones and iPods. Over the past five years, there has been a huge increase in ownership among 8- to 18-year-olds: from 39% to 66% for cell phones, and from 18% to 76% for iPods and other MP3 players. During this period, cell phones and iPods have become true multi-media devices.

Risk of brain cancer associated with cell phone usage:

Cell phone use appears to have an effect on brain activity, boosting the metabolism of brain glucose in specific areas, according to a new study.

According to a study released by Kaiser Family Foundation 'With technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens go about their daily lives, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth'

Whether it's something to be concerned about or not remains to be seen. "We don't know that this is harmful," researcher Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells WebMD.

What is known, she says, is that "glucose metabolism is a direct indicator of brain activity." Brain cells use the sugar for energy.

In her study, she found those who used a cell phone for 50 minutes had about a 7% rise in glucose metabolism in the brain region closest to the antenna, as documented on PET (positron emission tomography) scans.

So far, Volkow says, her new research shows that "the human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is delivered by cell phones." Beyond that, more research is needed, she says. (The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.)

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* Sixty-five percent of high school students use cell phones in school.

The expert panel at International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that evaluates cancer risks said that cell phones might possibly cause brain cancer.

"After reviewing all the evidence available, the IARC working group classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans," panel chairman Jonathan Samet, MD, chair of preventive medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine, said at a news teleconference. "We reached this conclusion based on a review of human evidence showing increased risk of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, in association with wireless phone use."

* A Council of Europe committee examined evidence that the cell phones and wireless internet connections have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and decided that immediate action was required to protect children. They ruled that the technologies pose a health risk and should be banned from schools.

The committee report argued that it was crucial to avoid repeating the mistakes made when public health officials failed to recognize the dangers of asbestos, tobacco smoking and lead. 

Read more: News from telegraph

Parents and media rule:

“The amount of time young people spend with media has grown to where it’s even more than a full-time work week,” said Drew Altman, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “When children are spending this much time doing anything, we need to understand how it’s affecting them – for good and bad.”

Only about three in ten young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV (28%) or playing video games (30%), and 36% say the same about using the computer. But when parents do set limits, children spend less time with media: those with any media rules consume nearly 3 hours less media per day (2:52) than those with no rules.

Tip:

Parents should implement some media rules for the benefit of their children in the long run like:

Children should use cell phones only in emergencies because their brains are still developing, and that adults should keep cell phones away from their head, using the speakerphone or a wireless headset. Similar advice is also posted in an article on the web site of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Center for Environmental Oncology.

More links and studies:

* Cancer.org: Cellular Phones

* Cell Phones Raise Children's Risk of Brain Cancer 500 Percent

* Cell Phones Affect Brain, but Does It Matter?

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Comments (3)

I read the WHO report as well. I look forward to seeing what science brings us in tangible proof and facts as well. Well written article thank you for the links :)

This is disturbing. Whatever the real score in cellphones, better adopt the precautionary measure approach.

This is scary news indeed.

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