Cell Phone addict beware, prolonged usage of wireless cell phone could lead to brain cancer, according to a new study by the researchers of University Hospital in Orebro in Sweden. People who have used wireless cell phones for more than 25 years are nearly three times more prone to the brain tumour. They are more likely to develop glioma, a deadly brain cancer.
“The risk is three times higher after 25 years of use. We can see this clearly,” lead researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell said. However, the study failed in providing any strong evidence against developing brain cancer.
For the study, researchers observed nearly 1,380 patients suffering from any kind of malignant brain tumour and jotted down their wireless phone use. Scientists found that chances of brain tumour were increased nearly twice for the patients using cell phones for past 20 to 25 years.
While presenting the data scientists said that people who talked more than 1,486 hours on wireless phone were almost twice more prone to glioma compared to those whose phone usage were less than 122 hours.
While being sceptical about the study, some scientists suggested several precautionary measures including using the phone on speaker or hand’s free, keeping phone away from you while sleeping, etc.
Dr. Gabriel Zada, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, told reporters the new study failed to answer his patients’ questions about why they developed brain tumours.
“Many people ask me, ‘Why did I get this brain tumour?’” he said. “There are a lot of different theories. It is a much more convoluted picture than just saying cell phones caused this.”
Wireless phone usage has increased up to three folds in US between 2000 and 2014; however, brain cancer has not increased with the same rate between the same period, according to a report in the journal Neuro-Oncology.
Though researchers have failed in providing the exact link between, but they said electromagnetic field does affect humans. They especially pointed out girls for keeping for their phones under the pillow while sleeping. “Girls tends to put the smart phone below the pillow. It is a bad habit to go to bed with your smart phone.”