Some studies and experts suggest brain cancer rates in kids may be, in part, tied to the increasing use of cell phones by children and teens, and the rates of brain cancer may increase – perhaps drastically – when they become adults.
“Young people are constantly on cell phones, and young, immature cells are being exposed to radiation 24/7. It’s going to affect nervous system function and the reproduction of cells.” Past studies on kids’ cell phone use and cancer have been mixed, with most saying there is no danger, but some suggesting a potential risk that requires further study.
Among several widely publicized studies in adults that found no danger from using cell phones, Blaylock notes that some were funded by organizations with financial interests in the cellphone industry, and were conducted for too short a time for changes to be noted.
He warns that the actual numbers of gliomas – a type of cancerous brain tumor – caused by cell phones may be much higher that reports indicate, especially in adults, because due to problems with reporting, many cases slip through the cracks and are never taken into account.
“The microwaves emitted by cell phones have been shown to cause DNA damage and induce inflammation – chronic inflammation in tissues eventually leads to cancer in some users,” Blaylock said.
“There’s growing evidence that cell phones cause cancerous brain tumors in adults.”I would bet that the microwaves activate microglia in the brain and this triggers immune excitotoxicity – one of the main mechanisms of glioma development,” he said.
Even though some studies have indicated cell phones are safe, others are troubling: In July, a study conducted by the National Toxicology Program, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that cellphones were a likely cause of cancer.
The study exposed more than 2,500 rats for two years to the type of radiation people are exposed to when they use cell phones, and found an increase in two types of deadly tumors – gliomas and malignant schwannomas, an extremely rare tumor of the heart.
Research printed in Electromagnetic Biology & Medicine found that 93 of 100 previous studies concluded that the low-intensity radiofrequency radiation cell phones emit can damage DNA and cause cancer.
They determined that using a cell phone for 20 minutes each day for five years increased the risk of one type of brain tumor by 300 percent, and talking on a cellphone for an hour a day for four years increased the risk of some tumors up to 500 percent.
An animal study from Yale University linked the radiation from cell phones to changes in brain development that could cause hyperactivity. A British study found that children who used cell phones risked memory loss, sleeping disorders, and headaches.
“I think we are going to see a tremendous effect on cell phones years from now,” Blaylock said.
“Millions of people are susceptible to cancer, degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, and other brain diseases from the radiation produced by cellphones,” says Blaylock, “And the more the phones are used, the higher the risk.”The effects on some people will be minimal, but millions of others, especially those who have DNA repair defects, are going to have a significantly higher risk.
“It would be ludicrous to say that cell phone radiation is harmless and has no negative effects. That’s nonsense.”