Researchers look for a link between cell phones and brain tumors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/17/10

Researchers look for a link between cell phones and brain tumors

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – That nagging question is making headlines again could excessive cell phone use lead to brain cancer?  After a major, long-term study, experts still don't know for sure. 

Researchers from 13 countries looked at data on nearly 13,000 people over a ten year period. Most cell phone use did not increase the risk for brain tumors. However, there was some suggestion that the longer people stayed on the phone chatting at least 30 minutes a day the greater the risk for Gliomas, which are brain tumors that could be fatal.  Still, experts could not draw a firm link between cell phones and tumors. It's also unclear what effect if any hands-free devices might have.

This study is from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer and will be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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