May 17, 2010

Cell Phone Cancer Link Inconclusive: STUDY

Posted: 01:56 PM ET



GENEVA — Cell phone users worried about getting brain cancer aren't off the hook yet.

A major international study into the link between cell phone use and two types of brain cancer has proved inconclusive, according to a report due to be published in a medical journal Tuesday.

A 10-year survey of almost 13,000 participants found most cell phone use didn't increase the risk of developing meningioma – a common and frequently benign tumor – or glioma – a rarer but deadlier form of cancer.

There were "suggestions" that using cell phones for more than 30 minutes each day could increase the risk of glioma, according to the study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. But the authors added that "biases and error prevent a causal interpretation" that would directly blame radiation for the tumor.

Longer call times appeared to pose a greater risk than the number of calls made, the study found.

Among the factors that weren't examined were the effects of using handsfree devices during calls or the risk of having cell phones close by while not making calls – such as in a pocket, or next to the bed at night.


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gerald Jolly   May 17th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

I believe cell phones do cause cancer.

I have a very dear friend of mine that has carried his cell phone in his back pocket for years.

Last month he was diagnosed with "RECTAL CANCER"

Lito   May 17th, 2010 5:04 pm ET

Hi, Larry King

Not joking, I could have line from that oil spill into oil tank permanently with the Idea I have. But too bad didn't get that chance to show what I have. But I also know what they have now is just temporary not a permanent, also still leaking nota good one. I have 3 ways of saving that oil problems. Larry gave me that chance to be heard!

From South Dakota

Brad Pitman   May 17th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

I have been in the cell phone industry for 3 decades,, most all of us know that this is true

Dodie   May 17th, 2010 7:07 pm ET

The brain is protected by bone (cranium, or skull) membrane (meninges.) and fluid. However, the brain area in relation to the ear has the least amount of protection. Basically the question…….. does the protection surrounding the ear ward off the effects of radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields resulting in potential cancer?

“Researchers found "highly significant" evidence for damages to brain cells in rats exposed for 2 hrs to microwaves from mobile phones; and these damages were still seen 50 days after the exposure.”
-–Source: (ISIS) Institute of Science in Society

According to recent research carried out in La Ňora, Mucia, Spain, which confirms the findings of several earlier published studies, nearly two 900/1800Mhz mobile phone base stations showed statistically association between the measured electric field and a number of symptoms…..” especially depressive tendency, fatigue, sleeping disorder, difficulty in concentration and cardiovascular problems, and also loss of memory, visual disorder and dizziness. “
-–Source: D. Oberfeld Gerd of the Public Health Department of Salzburg, Austria,

Both studies give empirical evidence that the use of cell phones has damaging effects on the brain. There is no need to over-react to the findings, if one practices the strategy of moderation!

Smith in Oregon   May 17th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

THERE have been studies which have indicated the chance or increase of possibility of Brain cancer was some 30% higher. The Cell Phone makers are united in their PR Spin that placing a micro-wave emitter up next to your head for long periods of time is OK.

That is pure BS!

How about the studys by Radar Cops that USED TO routinely place the active Microwave Radar Gun between their legs. Apparently it didn't take 15-20 years of Microwaving their family jewels before those repugnant Cops became disabled and likely divorced.

Connie   May 17th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I had a brain tumor in 2006. It was on the side of my brain that I always listened to my cell phone. From the time I had the tumor, I always suspected that it was caused from my cell phone use. The tumor was successfully removed, however, I am now deaf in my ear on that side. I use a speaker phone now on the other ear, and only hold it to my ear if I am in a position where I can't have the speaker on. I believe that as research continues, there will be strong evidence that there is a correlation between cell phone use and brain tumors.

Clay   May 17th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Hi, I am a very heathy 52 male who has never smoked, workout 3 to 5 days per week. Use to ride my bicycle 400 – 500 miles per month.
Oct 2008 was dianosed with a brain tumor Jan 21, 2009 it was removed. But will come back. So much for the safety of using a cell phone 2-5 hrs per day for 15 years.
Are they really safe?? Do not think so!

Dennis Reid   May 18th, 2010 12:42 am ET

My brother was a chronic cell phone user. Two years ago in January of 2008 he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in April of 2010 after a futile battle with the cancer. Yes, I have no doubt that cell phones cause brain cancer but I also know that our government will never allow that to be said because of the financial downfall it would cause. Its too bad, but the only warning people will get will be like listening to talk shows where nothing is officially admitted.

Darlene Takahashi   May 18th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Dear Larry,

Thank you so much for addressing the new study concerning cell phones and brain cancer. My 48 year old brother was just diagnosed a year ago with a deadly glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. The same as Ellie's husband and Ted Kennedy. Since childhood my brother was deaf in his right ear, so he always used the phone on his left ear, the site of his brain tumor. He did not have a land line so he used his cell phone exclusively for the past 10 years. I do not think we can yet cancel out the fact that cell phone usage could potentially cause a form of brain cancer. I hope we can get some answers to this deadly increase of brain cancer and come up with safe cell phone technology. Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue. I love your show.

Gillian Norris   May 18th, 2010 2:27 am ET

I would like to assist this lovely lady and her family in her fight to get our Government to wake up to the dangers of cell phone use. My son was diagnosed with a Malignant Glioblastoma 5 years ago. Because of my background and jobs I have had over the years I chose to have him treated outside of the US....I knew where to go for treatments... I do not believe in the therapies used by traditonal medicine to treat cancer...let alone brain tumors..he still get his treatments in Mexico and I subsequently have gone to work for I see and work with cancer patients on a daily basis...I would like to help this family not only with there fight to get our government to wake up...but also if they were open sharing the treatments and protocols that my son used while at the clinic...we treat the immune system and get it to wake up and turn it on....which is really what is wrong when we so called "get cancer"...the immune system is not awake and doing it's job...and it allows cancer cells to proliferate....rather than destroy them....I am right there with Ellie and would love to have an opportunity to speak with her....can you please make sure to pass my email and phone number to along to her..please know that this is not some whole in the wall clinic...we have two amazing doctors with a background that would astound most people...we do not advertise...we dont have to...all our patients are referrals...and some of them are very well known....we are known worldwide and have patients from all over the world....and most of all we just want people to experience true healing ......thanks for the space and time ...please forward my information to these wonderful people......
Gillian in Riverside, California...

Esther Gonzalez   May 18th, 2010 4:26 am ET

I'm a person who used the cell for about three or four hour a day because business and friends and on May 12, 2010 I had a brain tumor remuved and I hope every still OK for me and every one else.

Cindy Sage, Co-Editor, BioInitiative Report   May 18th, 2010 4:57 am ET

The INTERPHONE Study confirms previous reports showing what many experts have warned – that regular use of a cell phone by adults can significantly increase the risk of glioma by 40% with 1640 hours or more of use (this is about one-half hour per day over ten years). Tumors were more likely to occur on the side of the head most used for calling.

With more than four billion cell phone users around the world, the potential for a brain cancer epidemic leads experts to call for changes in cell phone design, warnings, and a ban on use by children. Children are more at risk than adults from the effects of most toxic exposures in life, including both chemicals and radiofrequency radiation from cell phones. Experts are worried about the effects of radiofrequency radiation on the developing brain and nervous system of children.

Public health warnings were raised in the BioInitiative Report on possible risks from cell phones and other exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in 2007. It advised against the continuing deployment of sources of EMF and radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies in advance of health studies, and argued for new biologically-based public safety limits to deal with emerging risks from new technologies. Results of the INTERPHONE study provide strong confirmation of the importance of these warnings.

Onyeike Christian from Nigeria   May 18th, 2010 5:26 am ET

I dont really think cell phones harm the system cos i've not heard reports of its effect like other ailments.

Lex   May 18th, 2010 5:28 am ET

My concern is more for bluetooth hands free device. I've been using one only since 3 months now. I have it on, hung in my left ear 4 most of the day. Now its 3 wks i 1st noticed this funny feel in my head. Removed d device 4 abt 3 days & it stopped. After readin som reports, I got convinced bluetooth devices shd even offer som protection 4rm d potential harm d mobile phone may cause. So I picked it up again. After abt a wk, it took another phase. Now its more disturbin. Wot cld be wrong? Is der a possibility a bluetooth hands free device poses some threat of brain tumor?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 18th, 2010 10:24 am ET

Thank you for bringing our attention to this potential serious problem and awareness and keeping us all informed about it.

With the first mobile phone I purchased some years ago........... upon holding it, I used to almost feel the strong radiation or something coming from it. I could almost feel this uneasy pain in my hand after using it.........and might I add ........that phone did not last long on died thankfully. I have had an uneasy feeling about cellphones ever since that experience.

Personally, I wouldn't trust the cellphone. I think they have improved on them a bit but it is still an unknown quantity.

On talking about the cellphone.........could our computers be another talking the emitting of radiation. I know that TVs put out some radiation as well. I wonder how the researches are going on these devices as well. Should be interesting.

I mean should we be spending less time around them or what???????.............!!!!!!!!!!!!:-(

Maybe common-sense will dictate or tell me........or cold hard facts.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 18th, 2010 10:29 am ET

Yes, we have all fallen in love with modern technology, little knowing the dangers they can present to us. I suppose there is always a downside somewhere in this world.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 18th, 2010 10:41 am ET

@ Cindy Sage, Co-Editor, BioInitiative Report May 18th, 2010 4:57 am ET

Great comments thank you.

Yes, I think it has been proved. The article above shows some contradictory reports on this.

"Among the factors that weren't examined were the effects of using handsfree devices during calls or the risk of having cell phones close by while not making calls – such as in a pocket, or next to the bed at night."

.....I have started to wonder about this and I would err on the side of caution here and probably refrain from doing this.........:-)

Joy Watson   May 18th, 2010 11:14 am ET

Please give us more programs like this one!!!! you have such an important role to play in alerting us about things industries do not want us to know about...Devra Davis was particularly very imformative. Thanks Joy Watson

Barbara Fitzgerald   May 18th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Please rebroadcast this interview, as I am sure this will save lives
and prevent cancer and possibly other health problems.
Also, please give your audience information on Dr. Davis' new book
about cell phones. This new concern is at least as important as the tobacco / health related issues.

gerald Jolly   May 18th, 2010 6:39 pm ET

All I can say to all my fellow bloggers on this subject.



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