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Cell phone use increases tumor risk

Jueves 17 de enero de 2008 · 1358 lecturas

Cell phone use increases tumor risk

Let’s go from something that was meant to slow the growth of tumors to something that may cause them to grow. According to an Israeli study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the regular use of mobile phones increases the risk of developing tumors.

That sound you just heard was 99 percent of the American population whispering, "uh- oh."

I wish I could say that this was just a scare tactic to get people to stop talking loudly on cell phones at restaurants and on public transportation. But this study is the real deal, and it claims that the risk of developing a parotid gland tumor is 50 percent higher for frequent mobile phone users. "Frequent" is defined as using a mobile phone for more than 22 hours a month.

Again - more gulps.

But that’s not all. The risk goes up even higher if users push the phone into the same ear time and time again, or if they do not use hands-free devices. The proliferation of the cell phone throughout our culture is surely what’s prompted this study, and if it’s even a little true, it’s a dangerous sign of things to come. I’m sure that just today you’ve probably seen over 40 people on the street, in the mall, at work, or in the neighborhood happily chatting away on those insidious little devices, exchanging endless hours of small talk.

I know we’ve all become enthralled by the rapidly advancing telecommunications technology of our age. But you’ve got to ask yourself: is this call I’m about to make really necessary? Does this call need to be this long? Is this conversation worth losing my life over? The cell phone habit can be tough to break. But your life is potentially on the line. Do you stick with cell phone use? You make the call.

Or, better yet ... don’t.

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