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Three stories from around the blogosphere – the first about the risk of mobile phone use (what we call ‘mobile phones’ in Australia are called cell-phones in other parts of the world), the second about Vitamin C and the last a blog by a cervical cancer survivor. (I wanted to title this post “Phones, Fruits and Fannies” but decided it would be in bad taste.)
There have long been concerns that using mobile phones could lead to some kind of brain damage – especially cancer. Until now there has been little evidence to cause concern.
A swedish team has now done a major study. The team was lead by Kjell Mild. The study compared 2,200 cancer patients with 2,200 normally healthy people.
The study found that heavy mobile phone users were 2.4 times greater risk of a malignant tumour on the side the phone was used on.
A few cautions. Though this is easily the biggest study to date, the smaller ones that have been done have had mixed results – some finding a relationship and others not. The risk of a brain tumour is quite small so multiplying it by 2.4 doesn’t make it a huge risk. (You are still many times more likely to be injured in a car.) It takes a lot of phone calls: the study called 2,000 hours heavy use (about one hour a day, every day, for well over five years).
Having said which: I won’t be making more phone calls by mobile phone than I have to. I’ll be playing safe.
The idea of treating (or preventing) cancer with Vitamin C has been around for several decades now – most famously being promoted by Linus Pauling in the 1970’s.
The BrainBlogger blog reports that in a few cases (too small to be significant as yet) that Vitamin C injected into the blood stream may fight cancer. The findings are only from three patients but the result is certainly deserving of attention.
Last, but by no means least, a blog from a cancer survivor, Meaghan. It’s called I Kicked Cancer’s Ass – you may not be surprised to know that Meaghan is from the US.
It is authored by Meaghan, who was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer at 28. As she says in her biography on her blog, “We need to start talking about this cancer because it is not rare and it does kill.”
Her blog is not only about her own story with cancer. She has posts about her normal life and other cancer survivors stories too. She has posts about such things as Early Symptoms of Cervical Cancer and a long list of links in her sidebar (I count well over thirty) that cover different kinds of cancer as well as ones to deal with nitty gritty issues (like where to get real hair wigs).
This sounds rather heavy, but, as you’ve probably guessed from the title of her blog, Meaghan’s tone is up-beat and positive.
This is a blog with lots of information, well presented, on an important topic.
If you liked this post you may want to see other posts in the category Cancer.
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