News Inferno; August 12, 2013
An emerging study reveals a clear association between the use of cell phones and increased cancer risks.
While many have long believed that cell phone use has been linked to cancer, research has been somewhat inconclusive until now, according to The Times of Israel. The study was published in the scientific journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling. The study results do not establish a direct link between cellphone use and the development of cancer among cell phone users; however, the research does open new areas of research and establishes a clear association between long-term cell phone use and possibly dangerous side effects that can, in turn, lead to molecular changes that can lead to cancer, The Times of India reported.
For the study, researchers from TAU, Rabin Medical Center, and the Technion studied the salivary glands of 20 long-term cell phone users whose cell phone use was deemed heavy. Heavy cell phone use was defined as a mean of 12 years of 30 hours weekly use. The comparison group involved 20 subjects who are deaf and who either did not use the devices or only used them for text messaging, according to The Times of India.
The researchers hypothesized that potential cell phone cancer effects could be determined by analyzing users’ saliva since the devices are typically placed close to the salivary glands when cell phones are used to make telephone calls. The team discovered that, when compared to the non-user group, the cell phone users’ saliva revealed very increased indications of oxidative stress. The oxidative stress process is considered a significant cancer risk factor, The Times of India reported.