Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) Comments on Sheryl Crow’s Suspicions That Cell Phone Use Led to Brain Tumor

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Following Sheryl Crow’s statement that cell phone use potentially caused her recently diagnosed brain tumor, VABC releases a statement

On September 28, 2012, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) released a statement following Sheryl Crow’s recent brain tumor diagnosis. The singer/songwriter was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor late last year. Crow had made a statement suspecting cell phone use led to her current condition.

According to The Huffington Post, “Crow said on the new talk show Katie that doctors have not told her that her tumor was caused by cell phone use, but she has ‘the theory that it's possible that it's related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.’” The article went on to state, “The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said last year that cell phone radiation is ‘possibly carcinogenic,’ meaning that cell phone use might be associated with brain tumor risk, specifically for glioma.” Some studies have shown conflicting results finding a slight increase in risk for brain tumors from cell phone use, while others have shown no association at all, states The Huffington Post.

VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “We think it’s incredibly important that stories and theories such as this be heard and studies continue to be conducted. The more that we know about this devastating disease and what causes brain tumors, the more we can do to help provide answers for those diagnosed. Until then, we believe that Crow’s public convictions can also supply support to any brain tumor patients who are also coping with their diagnoses.”

VABC has a large range of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC is now funding research at numerous esteemed institutions including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few. VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, maximizing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.

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