Thursday, November 20, 2014
Younger mobile phone users more prone to brain cancer: Study
SINGAPORE: Several studies have tried to link mobile phone radiation and cancer. Now, a study in Sweden has claimed that younger phone users are more prone to brain cancer, while those who use the phone more face a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Wong Seng Weng, medical director and consultant specialist for medical oncology at The Cancer Centre, said that the risks seem to be higher for those who start using cell phones below the age of 20.
He explained that this is potentially due to the incomplete formation of the skull bone in younger people, especially children. “It is thinner and penetration from radiation might be more severe,” he added.
According to the study, using hands-free devices is one way to reduce the risks of radiation. However, Dr Wong said that despite the findings, there is no need to be alarmed.
“I do not think there is a need to overreact or panic and abandon the use of cell phones. It is essential in modern living. And not to have the ability to communicate in emergencies will probably do more harm than the potential risks from the cell phone."