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Surgeon: Clinical studies supporting link between cellphone use and cancer

06-03-2011 10:16 BJT

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A new report from World Health Organization has brought the topic of cellphone radiation, once a haunting issue in the 1990s back into the spotlight. The WHO report shows that heavy use of cellphones can potentially cause cancer in humans. As the country with the largest cellphone market, how are the Chinese public and experts responding to this finding.

A wakeup call for those who prefer to chat via cellphone.

The WHO has rung an alarm bell saying heavy users of cellphones are more likely to develop gliomas, a malignant brain cancer. But how true is this conclusion?

Cai Zhengqiang, a surgeon from the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, offers one plausible explanation.

Cai Zhengqiang, Director of Abdominal Surgery of Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said "In anatomy, the temporal bone on both sides of our brain, which is the thinnest part of our skull can easily be penetrated by radiation. Being exposed for a long time can lead to potential damage. We have clinical studies supporting this claim, that people tend to develop tumor on the side of the brain where they use cellphones a lot. But this is not a conclusive study, so it does not provide for a direct causal link."

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China has the world's largest number of cellphone users, a whopping 90 million, almost one fifth of the global total. Used primarily for Web surfing and talking, the device is so integrated into everyday life, that many users would not put the phone down despite potential health risks. Some others consider landlines a better option.

Cellphone user said "I believe all wireless devices have some negative impact on human health. But there's no scientific report so far as to whether cellphone radiation can lead to cancer. I would like some compelling argument to change my behavior. "

Cellphone user said "I would choose a landline over a cellphone, when both are available. It's less radiation after all."

Even though there's no standard time for cellphone usage, Cai suggests less than ten minutes for every phone call. And he also cautions that juveniles under the age of 14, whose brains are still developing, should limit their use of cellphones.

Cai Zhengqiang said "Using cellphones is certainly not as deadly as smoking, or eating preserved foods, which contains sodium nitrite, whose link to cancer have already been proven. Everything is a matter of dosage and methods of use."

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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