CHILDHOOD CANCER NEWS

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Cell Phone Study Alarming
There’s much controversy around the question of cell phones causing brain tumors. Americans love the convenience of their cell phones and aren’t interested in hearing that they need to worry. But, when it comes to our kids, why not take simple precautions? Their bodies are more vulnerable to the effects of radiation. Have your kids use wired ear sets. (Bluetooths may not be safe either, as they emit the same type of radiation.) Let’s not wait for an epidemic of brain tumors due to cell phone radiation exposure during childhood.

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New Study Open
Neuroimaging of Social-Emotional Functioning of Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors to Evaluate Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Late Effects

Link between family history, ionizing radiation, and meningiomas found.
Yet another reason for regular follow-up for pediatric cancer survivors.
Michael McDermott, a neurological surgery professor at the University of California, San Francisco, said that most exposure to ionizing radiation comes from therapy for other medical conditions. He added that pediatric oncologists recommend patients get an MRI brain scan even 10 to 20 years after exposure to this radiation because these patients have a 25-fold risk increase of developing meningioma compared to the normal population.

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