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Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?
NY Times Magazine ^ | April 13, 2011 | SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE

Posted on 05/02/2011 6:05:26 AM PDT by neverdem

On Jan. 21, 1993, the television talk-show host Larry King featured an unexpected guest on his program. It was the evening after Inauguration Day in Washington, and the television audience tuned in expecting political commentary. But King turned, instead, to a young man from Florida, David Reynard, who had filed a tort claim against the cellphone manufacturer NEC and the carrier GTE Mobilnet, claiming that radiation from their phones caused or accelerated the growth of a brain tumor in his wife.

“The tumor was exactly in the pattern of the antenna,” Reynard told King. In 1989, Susan Elen Reynard, then 31, was told she had a malignant astrocytoma, a brain cancer that occurs in about 6,000 adults in America each year. To David Reynard, the shape and size of Susan’s tumor — a hazy line swerving from the left side of her midbrain to the hindbrain — uncannily resembled a malignant shadow of the phone (but tumors, like clouds, can assume the shapes of our imaginations). Suzy, as she was known, held her phone at precisely that angle against her left ear, her husband said. Reynard underwent surgery for her cancer but to little effect. She died in 1992, just short of her 34th birthday. David was convinced that high doses of radiation from the cellphone was the cause.

Reynard v. NEC — the first tort suit in the United States to claim a link between phone radiation and brain cancer — illustrated one of the most complex conceptual problems in cancer epidemiology. In principle, a risk factor and cancer can intersect in three ways. The first is arguably the simplest. When a rare form of cancer is associated with a rare exposure, the link between the risk and the cancer stands out starkly. The juxtaposition of the rare on...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: braincancer; cellphoneradiation; cellphones
Cell Phones, Microwaves And The Human Health Threat
1 posted on 05/02/2011 6:05:29 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Sure they do. Cellphones have been in wide circulation for at least 15 years. And every day I see people in the street just collapse from brain tumors. The government should do something.


2 posted on 05/02/2011 6:07:51 AM PDT by Pappy Smear (Support the presidency, end the policies.)
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To: neverdem
I don't know about causing brain cancer, but I know that cell phones cause those who use them while operating a motor vehicle to drive as if they are brain dead.
3 posted on 05/02/2011 6:12:39 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: neverdem

My sister died from brain cancer and she was convinced that it was caused by her cell phone. She got the tumor on the same side of her head where she held the phone to her ear.


4 posted on 05/02/2011 6:15:41 AM PDT by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: neverdem
Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?

Probably not, but you can get "Aids-of-the-ear" from listening to too many Ass-holes.

5 posted on 05/02/2011 6:17:32 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: neverdem
We are being, and have been bombarded by microwave radiation for years. Radar, communication, wifi, space, etc. This is non-ionizing radiation, radio waves. The major danger in human exposure to them is heating. If MW exposure caused genetic damage, it would be apparent by now.

MIke

6 posted on 05/02/2011 6:17:39 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: rochester_veteran

My father died with brain cancer. These are the facts that i can report

1. We have no history of cancer in our family. Ever. Leave alone brain cancer
2. My father had a desk job with very few if any “environmental factors”
3. He was a non smoker
4. The brain cancer appeared a few years after he purchased his first brick cell phone
5. It was exactly parallel to the where the antenna used to be when he used to hold the phone
6. Repeat. EXACTLY parallel
7. He died leaving my mom a widow

I don’t think everyone who uses a cell phone will get brain cancer. However, I think if your DNA is weakened (for any reason), a cell phone will act as a trigger.

I think within the next 10 years, we will know this to be true.

I truly believe to the bottom of my heart, that is what killed my otherwise healthy dad.

May he rest in peace. I miss him very much every day.


7 posted on 05/02/2011 6:21:19 AM PDT by SoftwareEngineer
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To: Pappy Smear

Your mild sarcasm is spot on. Given their wide distribution and extensive use, if cell phones had caused brain cancer, the effect would have shown up in epidemiological data as an increased incidence of brain cancer. In fact, since the introduction of cell phones in the 1980’s there has been a slight decrease in the incidence of brain cancer. Case closed.


8 posted on 05/02/2011 6:25:00 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: neverdem
The brain is exquisitely sensitive to radiation. Think about it when you have you next x-ray procedure.
9 posted on 05/02/2011 6:26:38 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: neverdem
Around the turn of 20th average man on the street believed in magic of technology. Within several years fast trains, cinema, new theories in physics, biology changed the way how people looked at the world around them.

Inventions were everywhere.

One of them, X-ray, was used as attraction at fairs.

People had no qualms about putting their hands into machine to see how their hands look. Hey, it's novelty, it's breaktrough technology, it can not be wrong.

In 1903 Marie Currie got a Nobel prize for radiation research. At that time, NOTHING has been known about biological effects of the radiation. She died of aplastic anemia.

Today, nobody would touch radioactive material with bare hands, nor would stick his hand into X-ray machine just out of curiosity.

Even twenty years ago, low level radiation from CRT monitors was considered to be almost superstition. Now, it is measurable fact.

Brick mobile phones, analog cell phones, and your latest IPHONE are not the same technology, nor they have the same microwave output. The newest technology is the worst offender.

There is something else. Microwave is not coming from microwaves alone.

Average condo dweller is exposed to more than 20 wireless routers, cordless phones, microwaves, security cameras and so on, his or neighbor's.

Increasingly kids at school are exposed to microwaves as if they work on a Radar facility.

I am positive that 30 years down the road people will look at us the same way we look at the people who put their perfectly good hands into X-ray machines.

10 posted on 05/02/2011 6:46:17 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. CENTCOM vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
>>>>>The brain is exquisitely sensitive to radiation. Think about it when you have you next x-ray procedure. <<<<<

X-ray procedure is not the biggest offender. Ct scan gives greater exposure. Chest CT gives 60 times greater effective radiation dose than chest X-ray.

11 posted on 05/02/2011 6:52:13 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. CENTCOM vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: SoftwareEngineer

I’m sorry about what happened to you Dad.

We do have cancer that runs in the family and our Mom died from it when we were young kids, however; the cancer my sister died from was primary to her brain, the cancer described in the article.

As with you, I don’t think everyone who uses a cell phone will get brain cancer, but there’s some who are more susceptible.


12 posted on 05/02/2011 6:52:17 AM PDT by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: neverdem

Geez! My uncle and a number of other relatives died of brain cancer, long before cell phones. People across the world continue to die of brain cancer who have never held a cell phone. There is little more causal evidence here than if you made a case for the fact that most people who get cancer regularly drink milk.

This is as faulty as the recurring, discredited study that links aluminum (as in coffee brewers) to brain cancer. That link is now a perennial caution that is trotted out.


13 posted on 05/02/2011 7:01:41 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SoftwareEngineer; DTA
Thank you for posting, Software Engineer. I am sorry for your loss.

And I do think that you are correct in that the cell phone caused the disease.

But as DTA said, it will take decades of data and investigation before the linkage is actually proved.

If there is any good news in all of this, it's that the younger generation is using texting more and more, which is much safer.

14 posted on 05/02/2011 7:05:11 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern, you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: neverdem

No, but working for the NYT causes other brain problems.


15 posted on 05/02/2011 7:07:10 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: neverdem

As with any poison or harmful substance:

Dosage (how much)
Exposure period (how long)
Repetition (how often)
Toxicity (how lethal)
Susceptibility (based on individual)

I’m guessing that early cell phones had higher dosage and that those who developed these had higher susceptibility and/or higher exposure and repetition rates.


16 posted on 05/02/2011 7:11:05 AM PDT by reed13
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To: SoftwareEngineer
“I don’t think everyone who uses a cell phone will get brain cancer. However, I think if your DNA is weakened (for any reason), a cell phone will act as a trigger.”

I'm very sorry for your loss, and for your mom.

Your comment is very thoughtful, and plausible. Most DNA mutations have no clinical consequences, and are repaired by the cellular DNA repair machinery. Some people have defects in one or more DNA repair enzymes, and are thus more susceptible to cancer. We all have mutations in our DNA occurring daily, but adding to that by exposure to extraneous factors like cell phone electromagnetic radiation could be the factor that tips the scales in certain people.

To me it makes sense on multiple levels to use bluetooth devices.

17 posted on 05/02/2011 7:18:33 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Larry Lucido
No, but working for the NYT causes other brain problems.

The author isn't much different from Henry Kissinger writing a guest OpEd for the NY Times. He's an oncologist at Columbia University according to the biographical information at the end of the article.

18 posted on 05/02/2011 7:24:53 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

1989? Adjust for technology. Those old analog phones had an output power of over 3 watts. Modern phones are generally less than a watt.

But even then, every major study of the issue I’ve ever seen said there is no strong correlation between cell phone use and cancer, much less actual causation. Probably the main reason is that cell phones produce non-ionizing radiation, the kind that doesn’t cause cancer. It’s like a microwave (it’s in the same frequency range), it may warm things up, but it’s not going to give them cancer.


19 posted on 05/02/2011 7:42:18 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: neverdem

OMA... btw: That’s why we text :) l8r


20 posted on 05/02/2011 7:46:42 AM PDT by hope_dies_last
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To: DTA

Your concept was thought of a while back. It’s called Nerve Attenuation Syndrome, or the “black shakes,” caused by overexposure to all of the electromagnetic radiation around us. It was the central plot mover of the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves (based on the 1981 short story by William Gibson, but the NAS concept was only in the movie).


21 posted on 05/02/2011 7:55:48 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: neverdem

lol...here we go again. Someone should photoshop the “Not this **** again” guy with a cellphone into his hand...


22 posted on 05/02/2011 9:04:38 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: El Gato; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Robert A. Cook, PE; lepton; LadyDoc; jb6; tiamat; PGalt; Dianna; ...
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23 posted on 05/02/2011 10:39:20 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: antiRepublicrat
>>>>>Modern phones are generally less than a watt.<<<<<

Perhaps when switched off :-)

Check the IPhone specs. When talking in low reception area it's 3W microwave blasting one inch from the brain. If there is one, that is.

24 posted on 05/02/2011 10:56:31 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. CENTCOM vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: SoftwareEngineer

I know how you feel my friend. I also lost my father to brain cancer.

I hope that one day we learn SOMETHING about this terrible disease. From my father’s sickness, the only thing I learned is that the medical profession is just barely removed from bloodletting and leeches when it comes to the treament and prevention of Brain Cancer. It remains a horrible, uncurable nightmare.


25 posted on 05/02/2011 11:08:18 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: DTA
One of them, X-ray, was used as attraction at fairs.

Radiation and electromagnetic waves and fields are not the same thing. Not even close. That somebody died from drinking cyanide from a Dixie cup says nothing about drinking water from one.

Brick mobile phones, analog cell phones, and your latest IPHONE are not the same technology, nor they have the same microwave output. The newest technology is the worst offender.

And your evidence is?

Average condo dweller is exposed to more than 20 wireless routers, cordless phones, microwaves, security cameras and so on, his or neighbor's.

Not to mention all sorts of waves and magnetic fields from electrical lines that have engulfed and surrounded every room in our houses for the last 100 or so years. Then there's magnetism and radiation from the earth itself and from all sorts of dastardly things beamed at us from the sun and from space. And don't forget those electrical signals the brain is sending through nerves. If I was a cell in the body I sure wouldn't want to be near all the radiation emitted from the spine. Electrical signals are the one and only internal signaling method in animal life. Does it really make sense that they are somehow harmful?

I am positive that 30 years down the road people will look at us the same way we look at the people who put their perfectly good hands into X-ray machines.

I am positive that in thirty you will have completely forgotten about the prediction you made; just like the guys that made the exact same predictions 30 and 60 years ago did.

26 posted on 05/02/2011 11:30:03 AM PDT by Minn
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To: DTA

Regarding field theory, the cell phone is placed adjacent to the temple, and the field intensity varies with the cube root of the distance from the emitter. If there is an operational risk to cellular phones, problems adjacent to that part of the body would be the most prone to the exposure.

Since some medical evidence takes decades to assimilate, it isn’t implausible for such a risk to exist.


27 posted on 05/02/2011 11:36:16 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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28 posted on 05/02/2011 11:40:38 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: DTA
When talking in low reception area it's 3W microwave blasting one inch from the brain.

I'm not seeing that spec, GSM peaks at 2W, and the others use lower power. Three watts is blasting? In any case, it's still microwave, which is non-ionizing radiation. The most this type of radiation can do is burn you. Serious burns can lead to cell damage, but these power levels will at most very slightly warm you. Non-ionizing radiation can't strip electrons off of atoms, causing the DNA damage that can lead to cancer.

Studies of literally hundreds of thousands of people have not been able to show a decent link between cell phones and cancer.

29 posted on 05/02/2011 12:25:38 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: SoftwareEngineer
I have two family members who saw the connection years ago - one a pilot and the other an anesthesiologist...
30 posted on 05/02/2011 1:00:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Osama bin SEALed - http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html)
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To: Minn
>>>>And your evidence is?<<<<<<

Not mine. Numerous research results in Europe, even in U.S.

The way how manufacturers skirt FCC regulation is especially telling.

It's a free country. Everybody votes with his wallet what is best for him and his/her children.

31 posted on 05/02/2011 1:05:48 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. CENTCOM vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: DTA

How about this European research, the Danes followed 420,000 people for up to 21 years. This was almost since cell phones were introduced there in 1981, so it included many people using the the old high-wattage analog phones. The result:

“We found no evidence for an association between tumor risk and cellular telephone use among either short-term or long-term users. Moreover, the narrow confidence intervals provide evidence that any large association of risk of cancer and cellular telephone use can be excluded.”

http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/98/23/1707.abstract


32 posted on 05/03/2011 8:44:32 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat
Yes, and Germans called this study inconclusive for various reasons. Account holders and actual users were often different.

Here is what NIH has to say based on WHO recommendation of cautionary approach.

Again, it's a free country. Let people make their own decisons.

Let me put it this way. G. Gordon Liddy described in an interview how an ordinary pencil can be used as a deadly weapon. It does not mean that sale of pencils should be banned. But it also alerts you to know what could happen next (danger) if someone is holding pencil the way Liddy described it, regardless what he says (marketing)

Should you carry Iphone/BB in the front pocket of your jeans? You be the judge. It's your asset management.

33 posted on 05/03/2011 12:21:11 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. CENTCOM vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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