Cell Phone – Cancer Link Has Australian Women Worried, Survey Finds

The possible association between <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">cell phones and cancer has many women in Australia turning off their devices, according to a new study. According to the Biggest Health Check, a online health survey of than 30,000 Australian women, cancer worries have prompted one in four to cut back on cell phone use, while a 21 percent said they wanted to reduce their use of mobile phones in the future.

Recently, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) decided to classify cell phone radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing hundreds of human and animal studies. As we’ve reported, the IARC’s review included the 2010 INTERPHONE study, which found that the heaviest cell phone users experienced a 40 percent higher risk for gliomas, the most common type of brain tumor. The IARC panel did caution that much of the research they reviewed was limited, and said more study was needed before definitive conclusions could be reach.

University of Sydney oncologist Bruce Armstrong told the Australian Sunday Telegraph that he thinks reducing cell phone use is a good idea, considering the possible connection with brain tumors. He advised text messaging or using a landline.

“The fact that women are either cutting down on their mobile phone use or planning to cut down on their mobile phone use is quite consistent with that advice,” Professor Armstrong said. “It just indicates that people are seeing this as a risk.”

Student Natalie Bain, 17, told the Sunday Telegraph that she would consider limiting her mobile phone use after hearing about the latest research. She added that she was already keeping her phone at a distance her when she is sleeping.

But not everyone is convinced. Bain’s sister, Rhianne, 19 didn’t see any point in limiting her cell phone use.

“I’m a smoker. I feel like I’m already at risk of (cancer) anyway,” Rhianne said. “I just paid to get unlimited messages and calling and Facebook time. I feel really weird without my phone on me.”

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