McCain Cancer Diagnosis Spurs Questions Over Cellphone Link
On July 19, longtime U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona revealed that he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant brain tumor. McCain, the 2008 Republican Party nominee for president, learned of his tumor following surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove a blood clot. While McCain’s office said he was “considering treatment options” including chemotherapy, the Washington Post noted “the prognosis of this kind of cancer is generally poor. The Post cited the case of one of McCain’s former Senate colleagues, the late Massachusetts Democrat Edward M. Kennedy, who “survived less than 15 months” after receiving a glioblastoma diagnosis in 2008.
Investigating the Ties Between Long-Term Cellphone Use and Deadly Brain Tumors
As with many types of malignant tumors, the exact causes are of glioblastoma are unknown. But in an essay for The Atlantic, writer Adrienne LaFrance speculated that McCain and Kennedy’s tumors could be tied to cellphone use, which is a constant part of working life in the nation’s capital. LaFrance pointed to studies that have shown a correlation “between long-term cell phone use and glioma,” which is another kind of aggressive brain tumor.
For example, a 2010 study backed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found that using a cell phone approximately 30 minutes per day over a 10-year period increased the risk of developing a glioma by about 40 percent. And as the study’s authors noted back in 2010–the dawn of the modern smartphone era–30 minutes a day was considered heavy usage at the time. The median usage time for study participants was about 2 to 2.5 hours per month, which translates to about 100 hours of “lifetime” usage.
The Atlantic’s LaFrance pointed out that cell phone usage continues to grow despite limited knowledge about the potential health risks. She cited a Pew Research Center survey that found 95 percent of U.S. residents currently use cell phones, versus just 28 percent in 2000. This is important, given that “radiation-induced brain tumors normally take about 10 to 15 years to develop,” according to M. Nathaniel Head in a 2008 article published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Speak With a Cellphone Cancer Lawyer Today
If you or a member of your family have been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, glioma, or any other kind of brain tumor, you may be entitled to compensation from cell phone companies or related parties who knowingly concealed the risks of radiation exposure. The cell phone cancer attorneys at Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP can investigate your case and help you determine who may be responsible. Call us today at (918) 584-4724 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.