Brain cancer is the primary cause of death in children. Children who are diagnosed with brain cancer have a survival rate only slightly better than half, yet research firmly establishing the cause of brain cancer in children has not yet been fully funded.
Why is this? Could it be that evidence showing the link between cell phone radiation and cancer in children is being blocked, minimized and undermined by cell phone companies, or worse, an apathetic public?
There is no doubt in my mind that there is a link. Studies show the developing organs of a child, lower bone density of the skull, lower body weight and less effective blood brain barrier make children particularly vulnerable to the effects of cell phone radiation (de Salles 2006; Gandhi 1996; Kang 2002; Wang 2003; Wiart 2008).
Any life-threatening childhood disease is a tragedy and an ordeal not only for the child, but for the parents and families involved. Brain cancer, because of its extensive treatment, invasive surgeries, complications that can arise, and the terrible odds of survival, is perhaps the most tragic.
Legislation aimed at investigating causes of brain cancer in children was ignited in 2009 by a movement inspired by children like Mira Brouwer, who died in 2008 from complications of treatment for brain cancer. She was only 4 years old. She battled from the age of 2–fully half her life–with cancer and its treatments enduring brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, a tracheal and feeding tube only to succumb to complications from a weakened immune system.
Dead Legislation = Dead Children
The National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act of 2009 which was slated to provide $25 million in research funds to determine what causes brain cancer in children has been reviewed and sent to committee, where it now rests. The bill is for all intents and purposes….dead.
What is being done? A great many cell phone towers are being erected and fortified to further extend the scope of cell phone radiation without regard to whom or what gets affected. Family cell phone plans, advertised widely in all the media, are placing cell phones in the hands of children to an alarming extent. Research into cell phone radiation’s effects is being bought and paid for by the very industry that would be hurt the most by unfavorable evidence linking cellular generated radiation to disease.
Children like Mira, who cannot speak for themselves, need our voices to be raised– to speak for them. Impartial federal funding needs to be allocated to study this deadly disease. Most certainly, in time cell phone radiation will be acknowledged as a primary cause and factor in brain tumors in children.
How many more children need to die from cell phone radiation, how many?