New York, NY (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
On March 25, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, reacts to a recent Danish study’s findings which indicate that there’s no link between cell phone use and brain cancer.
According to Forbes, Danish researchers compared cell phone users with incidents of brain tumors. The article stated, “No difference in the incidence of brain tumors was found for having a subscription or for those with subscriptions of longer duration in men or women.” Although the news seems reassuring, the article reports that “there are hard-core believers among activists and scientists” who argue that that the results were inconclusive due to methodological flaws with the study.
Dariusz Leszcynski, professor at the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland, argued that the study is misleading due to numerous flaws and should be retracted. “Leszcynski’s log is as follows: The Danish study found no association of cell phone use with brain tumors; however, the International Agency for Research on Cancer says that radio frequency energy from cell phones is a ‘possible carcinogen,’” the article reports. “Therefore, the study must be wrong.”
The article states that the study's strengths include its use of phone company records to identify users, “thus avoiding the bias involved in asking subjects to recall their past use.” Additionally, “by including the entire eligible Danish population, which is covered by a national tumor registry, the study avoids the problem of selection bias (that is, people who do not make it into your study for various reasons, including refusal).”
The authors of the study acknowledge that the findings are hampered by certain limitations. For one, “having a cell phone subscription is not a guarantee of use.” Similarly, the study was not able to factor in the number of minutes per day that subscribers used their phones. Some skeptics assert that the Danish study's results can be considered suspect since it received funding from “a Danish phone company,” according to the article.
In spite of the controversy surrounding the study, Michael Klipper, chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer, is eager to see future research on this topic. “For years, the scientific community has been debating about the possible link between cell phone usage and brain cancer and we're watching in earnest to see what researchers will find out over time as they continue to explore this subject. There is a growing body of research that has failed to establish a correlation between cell phone use and brain cancer; we're not even sure that the radio frequency of cell phones is tumorigenic, or tumor-causing,” Klipper says. “Still, at this point we can't be sure that heavy and prolonged use of cell phones won't have negative health effects in the long run, so the jury is still out. In today's high-tech world, everyone should stay abreast of this issue.”
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.
VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
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