From Aaron Leibovich:
Cell Phones Could Increase Cancer Risk Says Scientist
By Newsroom America Staff at 29 Jul 15:14
Saliva from heavy cell phone users shows increased risk factors for cancer, according to a TAU researcher.
Scientists have long been worried about the possible harmful effects of regular cellular phone use, but so far no study has managed to produce clear results.
Currently, cell phones are classified as carcinogenic category 2b ”” potentially carcinogenic to humans ”” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). A new Tel Aviv University study, though, may bring bad news.
To further explore the relationship between cancer rates and cell phone use, Dr. Yaniv Hamzany of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department at the Rabin Medical Center, looked for clues in the saliva of cell phone users.
Since the cell phone is placed close to the salivary gland when in use, he and his fellow researchers, including departmental colleagues Profs. Raphael Feinmesser, Thomas Shpitzer and Dr. Gideon Bahar and Prof. Rafi Nagler and Dr. Moshe Gavish of the Technion in Haifa, hypothesized that salivary content could reveal whether there was a connection to developing cancer.
Comparing heavy mobile phone users to non-users, they found that the saliva of heavy users showed indications of higher oxidative stress ”” a process that damages all aspects of a human cell, including DNA ”” through the development of toxic peroxide and free radicals. More importantly, it is considered a major risk factor for cancer.