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Frequent use of cellphones creates risk of brain tumour

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NEW DELHI: The most common symptom of brain tumour is headache which is typically early in the morning and it may be associated with repeated vomiting.

Not just advanced age, but also factors like frequent use of cellphones, exposure to chemicals and family history and race can also put you at risk of having a brain tumour, said neuro surgeons while speaking in New Delhi on the occasion of World Brain Tumour Day on June 8, 2018.

Dr Shirish Hastak, Neurologist at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, claimed that frequent use of cellphones may cause brain tumour. Preliminary investigations bring to light how the radio-frequency energy from cell phones is capable of causing brain tumors.

He stated, “Exposure to certain chemicals which are carcinogenic in nature can also increase the risk of brain cancer. People who are exposed to ionizing radiation are highly prone to brain tumors.”

Brain tumours can be inherited, even though it is extremely rare. Less than 10% of all cancers are passed on from one generation to another. The genetic makeup of a person can cause a predisposition to cancer.

Dr Hastak said, “It is advisable to go for regular screenings because early detection and treatment will help in prevention of complications.”

Dr. Rahul Gupta, senior Brain, Spine and Endovascular Surgeon at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, said, “We are using latest Frame-less Neuro Navigation Systems. Such technology is able to guide the surgeon to the surgical targets without the use of external frames.”

Dr Gupta said that the major role of frame-less systems or Neuro-navigation in neurosurgery is in brain surgery. Such localization can limit the size of the skull opening or craniotomy and safely remove intra-axial lesions like brain tumors.

“The most common symptom of brain tumour is headache which is typically early in the morning and it may be associated with repeated vomiting. Some patients may even have seizure or weakness of one side of the body or drowsiness, depending on the location of the tumour, said Dr. Rohit Bansil, Senior Neurosurgeon at BLK Superspecialty Hospital, New Delhi.

He suggested, “If you notice such symptoms, you should immediately see a neuro surgeon.”

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