New study raises fears that today's young people may suffer an epidemic of the disease later in life.
Children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones, according to a new study done in Sweden. Five times. Why are kids so much more susceptible? "The skull of a child is thinner than that of an adult," Dr. Cara Natterson explains. "This theoretically allows for easier penetration of electromagnetic waves from a cell phone held up to the ear. And because a child's brain is developing (as opposed to an adult brain, which is much more static by comparison), many believe that the cells in a child's brain are more susceptible to damage."Dr. Cara says the FDA, the American Cancer Society, and a series of researchers in the U.S. contend that there is no data proving that cell phones cause cancer. But most of these studies are only three years in duration, with a few lasting up to 10. "Most neurosurgeons and brain tumor experts agree that brain cancer develops over a much longer time frame, up to 20 or 25 years," she says. "Unfortunately, the studies are too short."
But cell phones aren't the only culprit. Kids who use cordless phones are four times more likely to get brain cancer, the Swedish study found. "The bottom line on cell phones and cordless phones is that you should keep them away from your kid," Dr. Cara says. "If you do use cell phones, use a wired earpiece."
In the following video, Dr. Cara gives parents the bottom line on cell phones:
Will you take your kid's cell phone away?