Healthy Skeptic talks about the correlation between cell phone use and brain tumors.
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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors Male: It wouldn’t surprise me if you're holding up something to your head that you can get some radiations. Female: And I try not to sleep with it right by my head and when I'm on the phone, I use my speaker. Dr. Robert Davis: If you're like Mae, you can't live without your cell phone. Many of us spent hours a day on them. Could be holding a phone to your head all the time be harmful? Some theories that the radiation emitted by phones could increase the risk of brain tumors while the sciences and conclusive, it does gives us less reason to worry. Male: A large study in 13 countries known as interphone found it overall cell phone users had no greater risk of the two most common types of brain tumors, gliomas and Meningiomas. Many other studies have also not turned up a link to brain tumors. But a few have in the interphone study found a slightly higher risk of gliomas among the most frequent phone users. Researchers suspect this maybe a fluke but they also can't say for sure that cell phones are safe. So why to continue to uncertainty, studies typically rely on people’s memories of their cell phone habits, which can be faulty. Phone users tend to talk much more today than when older studies were conducted making their relevant questionable. Cell phones are still too new to find the facts for many decades of use and there's been little search in children is developing brains may make them more susceptible to any risks from phones. What we do know is that brain tumor rates have so far not gone up as cell phone use has increase. And lab study showed the type of radiation from cell phones so called non-ionizing radiation does not damage DNA or cause cancer in animals. Many scientists say if the phones do post any risks it’s likely very small. Dr. Robert Davis: If you were concern, limit your time talking or use a hands free device. Meanwhile, don’t forget about approved and danger from cell phones, talking or texting while driving. Now that’s something definitely worth worrying about. For more information on cell phones and your health or if you have acclaim you’d like us to check out, visit our website Everwell.com helping you be a healthy skeptic, I'm Robert Davis.