Reducing Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that cell phone radiation can alter brain activity. The study, conducted by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that 50-minutes of cell phone use was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism (a marker of brain activity) in the region closest to the phone antenna.

The NIH study is one of the first, and the most prominent, to offer scientific evidence that cell phone radiation affects brain metabolism. What is not known yet is exactly how this could impact overall health. The scientists who conducted the research have called for more study of the issue.
Some other studies have suggested a link between cell phone use and cancer, including brain tumors, as well as lower bone density and infertility in men, though none have been conclusive. Cell phones are a relatively recent technology, so it could be decades before their true health risks are apparent.

    Despite this uncertainty, there are ways to reduce exposure to cell phone radiation right now:

  • Purchase cell phones with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). SAR measures how much radiation is absorbed by the body when using the handset at maximum power. In the U.S., cell phones can’t be sold unless the SAR is below 1.6 watts per kilogram.
  • Keep your distance. Because cell phone radiation diminishes with distance, using a phone in speaker mode or with a Bluetooth-type headset can limit exposure. Also, keep you cell phone in a purse or brief case when it’s not in use, rather than in a pocket close to your body.
  • Wait until after a call is connected before putting your cell phone to your ear. Cell phones emit the most radiation when they first make contact with a cell phone tower.
  • Tilt the phone away from your ear when you are talking and only bring it in close to your ear when you are listening. Cell phones emit less radiation when they are receiving signals than when they are transmitting.
  • Fewer bars equal more radiation. If you are in a location where transmissions are weak, your cell phone has to work harder, which will cause it to emit more radiation. So confined spaces like elevators, for example, are not the best places to make a call when it comes to limiting radiation exposure.
  • Don’t let very small children use cell phones. Their growing brains and tissues are thought to be most vulnerable to cell phone radiation.
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Cell Phone Radiation Brain Tumors Lawsuit

Cell phone studies are increasingly linking radiation from the devices to brain tumors, specifically the risk of glioma (the most common brain tumor).  While the evidence is not yet definitive, the studies supporting a cell phone brain tumor link are increasing, and the evidence is becoming more compelling.  As cell phone technology is relatively new, it could be decades before any cancer connection to mobile phones is fully apparent.

Our lawyers are investigating the possible link between cell phones and brain tumors. If you believe you or a loved one developed a brain tumor, especially glioma, because of cell phone use, we want to hear from you today. Our cell phone brain tumor lawyers are offering free legal consultations to anyone who believes they are suffering from brain cancer caused by cell phones.

Cell Phones and Gliomas

Those who deny a link between cell phones and brain tumors will point out that they emit non-ionizing radiation, which is known not to cause cancer. But according to The New York Times, researchers who have raised concerns about a possible link between cell phones and cancer have focused on the heat generated by the devices and the fact that the radio frequencies are absorbed mostly by the head and neck. In observational studies that suggest a risk, the tumors tend to occur on the same side of the head where the patient typically holds the phone, the Times said.

In 2007, researchers at the Department of Oncology, University Hospital in Sweden reviewed sixteen published studies that looked at cell phone use and the rate of brain cancers. While this study did not say that cell phone use leads to brain tumors, it found long-term use may increase one’s statistical risk of certain brain tumors. The authors wrote that:

“For both acoustic neuroma and glioma (two types of brain cancer), overall risk was increased in the whole group, but significantly increased for ipsilateral exposure (tumor on the same side of the brain as cell phone exposure)…These results are certainly of biological relevance, as the highest risk was found for tumors in the most exposed area of the brain, using a latency period that is relevant in carcinogenesis.”

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Interphone project, which conducted cell phone studies in 13 countries, released its preliminary findings in 2009.   The project, funded in part by the mobile phone industry, involved interviews with 12,800 people between 2000 and 2004.   The preliminary analysis found a “significantly increased risk” of some brain tumors “related to use of mobile phones for a period of 10 years or more.”

In 2010, the final Interphone study was released.  According to The New York Times, the final release had been delayed because of disagreements among the researchers over how to present the results.  While the final paper reported that there was no link between cell phone use and brain tumors, it also reported that participants with the highest level of cell phone use had a 40 percent higher risk for glioma.  However, that risk was discounted because of potential “biases and errors” that “prevent a causal interpretation,” the Times said.  In a press release accompanying the study, the director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer said its findings meant that “further investigation of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk is merited.”

Other scientists who worked on the Interphone study agreed. “To me, there’s certainly smoke there,” said Elisabeth Cardis, who led the Interphone project, told Microwave News. “Overall, my opinion is that the results show a real effect.”
“There is evidence that there may be a risk; Interphone has made that a little stronger,” Bruce Armstrong of the University of Sydney, another member of Interphone, told Microwave News. “It shows some indication of an increased risk of gliomas, but I cannot say this with certainty.”

Legal Help for Victims of Cell Phone Brain Tumors

Parker Waichman, LLP is one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in the U.S.  Parker Waichman, LLP is listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.   The attorneys of Parker Waichman, LLP are also the authors of “Personal Injury Law for Dummies,” an easy-to-understand guide to all aspects of personal injury law.

If you or a loved one suffers from a brain tumor, especially glioma, that you believe may be the result of cell phone use, you may have valuable legal rights. To find out how we can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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