The debate on the dangerousness of mobile phones is picking up again! Cell phone use is detrimental to brain health, according to the results of a study published in the medical journal Pathophysiology. It increases the risk of developing a glioma (brain tumor) by 30%. And after 25 years of misuse, the brain would be 3 times more likely to develop this type of pathology.
Researchers from the University Hospital of Örebro carried out a new study to understand the association between the use of cellphone and the risk of developing a glioma.
To establish a link, the scientists compared, thanks to precise questionnaires, the habits of use of mobile phones of 1,800 patients who had developed this tumor and those of healthy patients.
They compared their use of the telephone, landline and mobile, the type of smartphone used, the use of a headset, the duration of daily calls and the time for which they had this type of device.
The results of this study reveal that mobile phone use increases the risk of glioma by 30%, and that this danger increases significantly for each “slice” of 100 hours and for each year of use. So much so that having been in prolonged contact with a mobile phone for 25 times triples this risk.
This study also reveals that phoning with a mobile or cordless before the age of 20 years also multiplies the likelihood of glioma in the elderly.
These new findings confirm the concerns of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), which in 2011 already classified the laptop as potentially carcinogenic to humans.
It is recommended to avoid using your telephone in lifts and vehicles (where reception is poor) and when moving (repeated changing of relay antennas) as this increases exposure to waves. It is also advisable to favor short conversations, to use headsets and to avoid leaving young children use a laptop, according to the European Environment Agency report.
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