Scientists Find Evidence of Possible Link Between Mobile Phone Usage and Thyroid Cancer

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Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, comments on the studies new findings and discusses his expert opinions for diagnosing and treating the condition.

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Though the study itself is still in its infancy and more testing will be needed to provide conclusive results, this is a very important development for everyone who treats head and neck cancer.

In a new article reporting the first ever link between radiation from cell phones and thyroid cancer, scientists from Tel-Aviv University believe they may have pinpointed a cause for concern for all mobile device users. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills, believes that the study's findings are extremely critical in understanding how thyroid cancer can be prevented.

“Though the study itself is still in its infancy and more testing will be needed to provide conclusive results, this is a very important development for everyone who treats head and neck cancer,” said world-renowned thyroid surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS.

According to the study, Israeli researchers at Belinson Hospital made the first definitive link between cell phone radiation and thyroid cancer through exposing healthy human thyroid cells to electromagnetic radiation released by cellphones. The study found that the irradiated thyroid cells increased at a much higher rate than the non-irradiated control group. Even though the medical world is at a divide in whether or not thyroid cancer can occur as a result of cell phone radiation, the group of scientists will present their findings at the annual conference of the Israeli Society of Otolaryngology in Eilat.

“It’s difficult to say whether or not the findings are conclusive at this point, though as an advocate for continued research of head and neck cancer, I fully support continued studies in this area,” said Dr. Larian.

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian believes that through early detection, thyroid cancer is among the most treatable and beatable forms of head and neck cancer. As an expert in minimally invasive thyroidectomy surgery, Dr. Larian's advanced techniques leave patients with less pain after surgery, a quicker recovery, and a very small scar.

“When a patient receives a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, I encourage the full or partial removal of the thyroid gland as soon as possible. This helps to ensure that the cancer does not spread to other body areas,” said Dr. Larian. “Once the thyroid has been removed and radiation therapy has been completed, most patients continue to lead a healthy and normal life.”

Dr. Babak Larian is a highly regarded head & neck surgeon who places an extreme emphasis on providing his patients with the best treatments available and has great experience with minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid procedures. Upon completion of his medical degree at the prestigious University of California—Irvine Medical School, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology at UCLA. Dr. Larian currently holds the acclaimed position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the treatment of thyroid cancer, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles by calling (310) 461-0300. Further information may be acquired by visiting http://www.larianmd.com.

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