By Chris Temelkos
If your a frequent cell phone user, you might want to put your phone down, it could be hazardous to your health. A study, called Interphone studied cell phone use among 5,100 people diagnosed with brain cancer in 13 countries and found that those who spent half an hour a day on their cell phone for over 10 years had a higher risk of a rare and deadly brain cancer called glaucoma.
The study also found that frequent users had a 40 percent higher risk of developing glaucoma and twice the risk of developing tumors on the same side of their head, where their phone was held, then those who never used cell phones.
What worries researchers, even more, is that the study began 10 years ago and cell phone use has greatly increased since then. The average Canadian uses a cell phone 6.7 hours a month and would end up in the high-risk group after about 20 years. However, moderate or infrequent cell phone users reduce their risk of developing brain cancer by 20%. Next time you pick up your cell phone, make it short and quick or use alternatives like a landline, hands-free mode or text messaging to reduce the harmful risk.
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