Study Analyzes Saliva to Show Cell Phone Use May Increase Cancer Risk

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Top salivary gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles responds to recent study showing cell phone use may increase salivary gland cancer risk.

Babak Larian MD
I always perform the micro parotidectomy with a leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon to ensure the facial nerve is left unharmed and that there is no disfigurement on the face where the tumor is removed.

An article published July 31, 2013 on Medical News Today explains the results of a study out of Tel Aviv University that showed an increase in cancer risk after analyzing the saliva of cell phone users. The researchers measured the secretion, oxidative damage, flow rate, and composition of the saliva of study participants to measure cancer risk and found that the saliva of cell phone users had a higher level of oxidative stress than non-users.

“Oxidative stress can often indicate cancer risk because of the long-term damage it can do to cells. Seeing as the salivary glands are in such close proximity to a cell phone when in use, it makes sense that they would be affected by any damage the phone may cause,” said Babak Larian, MD, FACS, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles.

The study looked at the saliva of 20 people who had been using cell phones fairly regularly for an average of 12.5 years. Their saliva analysis was then compared to that of a group of deaf participants, the control group, who did not use cell phones other than for texting. The increased oxidative stress in the cell phone group may not demonstrate a clear-cut cause-and-effect relationship, but it adds to evidence that extensive cell phone use may cause long-term damage.

“It’s important that these studies are being done so that we can better understand the effect cell phones may be having on our bodies. As a parotid gland surgeon specializing in minimally invasive salivary gland surgery, it is especially important for me to be aware of this possible increased cancer risk when treating my patients with salivary gland conditions,” explained Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian is known for performing minimally invasive salivary gland surgery at the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles. For patients with salivary gland cancer, Dr. Larian typically performs a micro parotidectomy to remove the cancerous gland. He is one of only a few surgeons in the country to perform this minimally invasive procedure.

“I always perform the micro parotidectomy with a leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon to ensure the facial nerve is left unharmed and that there is no disfigurement on the face where the tumor is removed. We have had great success in removing parotid cancers while leaving little scarring or evidence of surgery through the minimally invasive salivary gland surgery approach,” said Dr. Larian, board-certified head and neck surgeon specializing in parotid gland disorders.

World-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is a graduate of the highly regarded U.C. Irvine School of Medicine and has completed a six-year residency program in Otalryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA. As the Director of the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian and his team of experts are responsible for the performance of cutting-edge minimally invasive salivary gland surgeries. Dr. Larian aims to provide his patients with the best possible care and surgical outcomes 100% of the time.

For more information about Dr. Larian and the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery, please contact his office today by calling (310) 461-0300 or visit him on the web at: http://www.parotidmd.com.

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