Jun 20, 2012 - 5:18 pm
I have been reading up on MEC a little.
Things have gone well for me so far, but I wanted to get a bit of background on risk factors for my particular form of cancer as I was at an unusual age to get it. Maybe it was just bad luck, but I definitely think I made some interesting connections.
It seems the only thing they are sure can cause MEC is radiation - for example people who have H&N radiation are at higher risk of then getting MEC later on. However there has been some compelling research into saliavary gland cancers being caused by heavy cellphone use. MEC is often just bad luck, particularly in the 50+ age bracket; but it is seemingly on the rise in the younger population - the mobile phone users.
There seem to be a number of studies suggesting that the parotid gland being where many people rest their phones, it may be causing cancer. Apparently parotid gland cancer in Israel for example, has quadrupled since 2001 whilst other forms of salivary gland cancer have remained steady. There has been another study in China recently with even more dramatic figures suggesting MEC is up to 30 times more likely in heavy mobile phone users.
Here's the thing you see - I am an absolutely perfect candidate to prove this. I have owned and run my own oil & gas recruitment company for the last 7 years. I have been based from home, and done almost all the calling from my mobile - all I do all day is speak to people on the mobile, often with one candidate I interview over the telephone it can be 30-60 minutes.
The figures they put at high risk in these studies were over 266 hours in total on your mobile over a lifetime. Honestly, I probably put those numbers up in one year easily. I've probably racked up 3000 hours in my lifetime And here's the thing - I have always held my phone to my left ear, pressed right up against it and the cheek; and the lump and everything have of course been on the left side.
The thing is, it actually makes me feel a bit better if this is the cause. I know many people are unlucky but my case seemed almost too unusual to just be bad luck, and I think in hindsight this is my risk factor. I think with MEC this might have been the equivalent of smoking 60 a day for lung cancer! I have of course never smoked a single cigarette in my life!
I don't feel so bad as all I've been doing is putting in the hours working to provide for my family. But I do feel that there isn't enough being done to publicise and investiage the risk. I'm not big on consipiracy theories but there are plenty out there suggesting surpression of this kind of study by the telephone companies who have huge influence.
I would like to try to help contribute towards studies for this kind of thing because I believe my case may help others in the future. Maybe its coincidence - but I honestly don't think so. I didn't realise but The World Health Authority has actually classed mobile phones as a grade 2B carcinoma - I think this needs to be brought more into the public eye.
I love my job and my business, so I have ordered a radation free, wired 'Air' hands free kit for the office and will be taking lots of care going forward about pressing that phone to my ear. I know there are probably few people who use their mobiles to the extent that I do, but I would recommend taking care as well as to how much you use that mobile.
I am going to speak to my Professor when I see him next week and tell him about this - I think he may find it quite interesting, and who knows I may be able to help some people avoid MEC? Maybe there's nothing in it, but it does kind of add up so I am going to pursue it. It will give me something to do while I wait for my next scan anyway...:-)
All the best to you all