Pay attention, talkaholics. If you spend a lot of time with your phone directly pressed to your ear, you should know about the research being conducted on its associated health risks.
A recent study conducted in Europe found that there is a direct relationship between using a cellphone and an increased risk of brain cancer.
From the study: "Individuals who used their mobiles for more than 15 hours each month over five years on average had between two and three times greater risk of developing glioma and meningioma tumors compared with people who rarely used their phones."
The comparison found a considerably higher risk among those who used their phone intensively, especially among people involved in management and sales. The duration of use in this category ranged between two and 10 years, averaging five years.
"The study also found several inconsistencies with other research that in the past suggested a link between heavy phone use and brain cancer. For instance, in contrast with previous studies, this one found cancer occurred on the opposite side of the brain – rather than on the same side – of where the phone was customarily used."
What can you do?
Use a Bluetooth earpiece or plugged-in headset with your phone. Take calls using your phone's speakerphone. Text instead of call. Be aware of the time you spend with your phone pressed up against your head.
If you are male, be mindful of where you keep your phone. Try to never put your phone in your pants' front pocket. And females, similar advice applies for you. Don't put your phone in your bra.
I know that many of you won't believe these studies. That's your decision. I take precautions and advise my friends and family to do the same.
Be sure to share this news item with your friends and family too. Watch my site for updated information about this topic. I am not convinced we know all the health risks of this technology.
Click here to see the CERENET case-control study.