Using your cell phone for 10 years or longer will double your risk of getting a tumor on a nerve connecting your ear to your brain, according to a scientific review of 11 studies.
Because children have thinner skulls than adults, and nervous systems that are still developing, the study’s lead researcher, professor Kjell Mild of Orbero University, Sweden, said children are particularly vulnerable to the tumor and should not use cell phones.
Professor Mild also said that the danger may be even greater than their study found because cancers need a minimum of 10 years to develop.
The current study’s researchers are calling for more research into cell phone safety, including their potential links to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
They are also recommending a revision of the emission standard for cell phones and other radiation sources, calling the current international standard “not safe.” Current standards are designed to prevent harmful heating of living tissue or induced electrical currents in your body, however they do not take into account cancer risks.