New research suggests that prolonged use of mobile phones can lead to a deadly form of cancer. Scientists warn that the rates of brain cancer have more than doubled over the last couple of decades.
Scientists call for fresh warnings on cellphones about their cancer risk as the latest study has unveiled an “alarming” trend among mobile phone users.
The findings appeared this week in the Journal of Public Health and Environment.
However, not all scientists are on the same page when it comes to the link between mobile phones and brain cancer. Some researchers believe the condition can be spurred by other factors, not just cell phone radiation.
Deadly Brain Cancer Rates Have Soared
Study authors warn that the rates of a deadly form of brain cancer dubbed Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) have soared since mobile phones first reached the masses.
- In the study, researchers sifted through data on nearly 80,000 of brain cancer patients and survivors.
- They found that GBM rates jumped from 1,250 every year in 1995 to 3,000 in 2016.
The research is the first recent attempt to analyze the incidence of GBM among the population and the findings are “alarming”.
The research team from the Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) noted that GBM rates are still high in our days despite the lower incidence of other types of brain cancer.
Many patients had brain tumors in one of the areas of the brain that are closer to the ear, the frontal temporal lobe. This is why the team suspects that the use of cordless phones and mobile phones may be causing the gliomas.
Professor Denis Henshaw, who was involved in the research, warned that such cancer trends need to be looked at more carefully, instead of being brushed under the carpet and focusing on treatments alone.
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