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Are Cell Phones Dangerous?

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    With more and more people talking on cell phones each day the question arises “What are the long term effects on the brain from cell phone use going to be?”  Are brain tumors caused by cell phones just  a myth or is there something to the doctors claims that using a cell phone increase one’s risk of a Brain tumor. 

    Contradicting what was previously believed, Doctors now say that using a cell phone for more than an hour a day for a decade increased the risk of a tumor on the side of the head where the phone is held most.  The study also noted that children who use cell phones are probably at the greatest risk.  Their skulls are thinner and their brains are continuing to develop through the teenage years. 

    The study showed that people who used cell phones for more than 10 years were 20% more likely to get an acoustic neuroma and 30% more likely to get a glioma.  Because cell phone usage has not been wide spread for more than 10 years, the full effect of their usage on the brain cannot be fully determined.

    While recent advances in technology is believed to cause cell phones to emit less radiation than they previously have, Doctors suggest that patients use their cell phones less and when they have to make a call to use hand free devices as much as possible.