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Can a cell phone cause a brain tumor?

Asked by Bretbocook (105points) January 6th, 2011

I have been using a cell phone for 20 years, and was recently diagnosed with a tumor

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Arbornaut's avatar

Thats a real bummer, Im sorry to hear that. Iv always thought this to be the case regardless of what they say. Im also lucky that my occupation doesn’t demand heavy use of the things. I always try to carry it on my body as little as possible, especially near my balls. Young lads? think about that..

Arbornaut's avatar

Oh and i believe there is ample evidence to suggest that they do cause tumors. This of course will depend on who you speak to.

marinelife's avatar

They can.

“As compared with never, or very rarely, having used a cellular telephone, the relative risks associated with a cumulative use of a cellular telephone for more than 100 hours were 0.9 for glioma (95 percent confidence interval, 0.5 to 1.6), 0.7 for meningioma (95 percent confidence interval, 0.3 to 1.7), 1.4 for acoustic neuroma (95 percent confidence interval, 0.6 to 3.5), and 1.0 for all types of tumors combined (95 percent confidence interval, 0.6 to 1.5). There was no evidence that the risks were higher among persons who used cellular telephones for 60 or more minutes per day or regularly for five or more years. Tumors did not occur disproportionately often on the side of head on which the telephone was typically used.


These data do not support the hypothesis that the recent use of hand-held cellular telephones causes brain tumors, but they are not sufficient to evaluate the risks among long-term, heavy users and for potentially long induction periods.”


perspicacious's avatar

There has now been enough research that suggests it to be so that WHO is now doing extensive studies. I was not surprised to hear this. I’m sorry about this for you.

jerv's avatar

There are people who never even saw a cellphone that also get tumors. Before cellphones came out, I knew a family who had three kids all born with cancer. That may be because they lived near high-voltage lines, another source of electromagnetic radiation, and one that is present whenever you are around, not merely when you do a specific thing that most people don’t do for more than a few minutes a day.

I have seen no convincing evidence one way or the other, and what I have seen makes me lean towards no as the power levels are pretty damn low. Now, maybe if you talk like a teenage girl and keep the thing radiating next to your head seven hours a day, every day then there might be a slight risk, but truth be told, the microwave in your kitchen puts out far more radiation than your phone.

Also remember, that it is possible for a meteor to come hurtling through the atmosphere to hit you in the head and kill you. Saying it can’t happen would be lying, but worrying about it would be pointless.

Arbornaut's avatar

@jerv Thats why there never has been and never will be a microwave in my kitchen. Microwaves are a by product of radar developed in the second world war for the navy and air force, not really the sort of gear you need in the kitchen. I also wear a tin foil hat most of the time.

jerv's avatar

@Arbornaut Don’t forget about the spark plug wires on your car and the high-voltage lines in old CRTs ;)

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