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13 Investigates cellphones and cancer: Is the risk real?
14 nov. 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — You carry your cellphone with you all the time, and it is constantly transmitting invisible electromagnetic energy. For years, there's been debate about that radiation and whether it can cause cancer. A new study suggests there actually might be a hidden danger. 13 Investigates explains what you need to know about the science -- and the easy steps you can take right now to help reduce possible risk.
Craig and Virginia Farver say their son Richard was perfectly healthy one moment, and the next, he was fighting for his life.
''Brain cancer is what he was diagnosed with,'' said Virginia, holding a graduation photo of her son. ''The doctor said it was a glioblastoma.''
A neurosurgeon removed the brain tumor, but Richard died seven months later – just a week after his 29th birthday.
''It was horrible. We'll never get over it,'' his mother told WTHR.
It's a feeling Cristin Prischman knows all too well.
Her husband, Paul, was also diagnosed with a brain tumor, and never got to see his young daughters grow up.
''We found out on Easter it was cancer,'' she said. ''After his surgery, he didn't know my name. He didn't know who the girls were. He couldn't speak clearly and he couldn't walk. It was scary.''
The Farvers and Prischmans believe the deadly tumors were preventable and both caused by the same thing: a cellphone.
''I'm 100% certain,'' said Virginia Farver. ''He talked on his cellphone two to three hours a day, and the tumor was on the same side of his head where he held the phone.''
''I'm 99% sure it was cellphone radiation,'' said Prischman. She showed 13 Investigates years of invoices, showing Paul talked on his cellphone between 3,000 and 4,000 minutes each month.
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