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Gliomas on the rise due to cell phone usage?

From this morning’s paper, a new study suggested that long term cell phone use increases the chance of developing gliomas (central nervous system tumors) by up to 40%.  The study spanned five european countries, and focused on individuals who had used cell phones for 10 years or more.  The study suggests an increased tumor risk, on the side of the head where the phone is held.  The paper on these findings is set to be published in the International Journal of Cancer. 

This is an issue that seems as if it just won’t die.  Current science has debunked the idea that cell phones cause tumors, but new research continues to surface suggesting that there might be more to it than we currently understand. 

Incidence of glioma seems to be very small, in any case.  In this Japanese study of elderly patients,  the incidence of “intracranial tumors” was 18.1 cases per 100,000, of which malignant gliomas accounted for 13.3% — 2.4 per 100,000.  An increase of 40% brings that figure to 3.36 per 100,000.  In this country, you’re more likely to be killed in a car accident.  Canadian deaths due to motor vehicle collisions are 8.9 per 100,000.

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