Home > Kids > Childhood Development > Social and Emotional Development > Social Skills > Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?
|

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Since the 1990s, cell phones have been a daily accessory for most Americans. More than 82 percent of Americans, or 250 million people, now have a cell phone. That number is more than quadruple the number in 1997, when a mere 55 million Americans laid claim to owning one. This convenient device allows us to contact and be contacted by others at all times, but there is growing concern that cell phone users may be at risk for something far worse than their loss of privacy -- brain tumors.

Q: I'm the parent of teenagers and I:

Bought cell phones for them.

Plan to buy cell phones for them.

Will not buy cell phones for them.

Have my own personal cell phone.

View Results

While this concern has been circulating for a number of years, concrete research is hard to come by, mainly because extensive cell phone use is a fairly new trend. The National Research Center for Women and Families points out that most cancers take 10-20 years to develop, so it may be years before research can definitively conclude whether certain tumors are the result of excessive cell phone use. However, one encouraging fact provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) is that cell phones should not be expected to cause cancer because they don't emit ionizing radiation. Although the ACS concedes that some reports link cell phone use to brain cancer, it points out that these studies are small and based primarily in Sweden. A much larger study, called the European Interphone study, has been underway in 13 countries for more than 10 years; it's expected to provide better information on this subject when concluded. The publication of the results from this study have been delayed twice, once in 2003 and again in 2006, due to the need for more research, conflicts over data interpretation, and changes in leadership.



|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

thanksgiving crafts & recipes

Make this Turkey
Day fun for the
whole family with
these essentials.

GO

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top Family Movies in Theaters for the Holidays
Taking the kids to the movies is a special family treat for the holidays! Don't miss 2014's best family films in theaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!