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Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: What is the Real Dead Zone?

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AUTHORS: Morgan Kuryluk, Eastern Connecticut State University

ABSTRACT: Despite the increased incidence of brain tumors, brain cancer remains relatively uncommon making it the least understood and studied cancer.  However, the increased use and dependence of cellular technology in completing everyday tasks has many questioning the safety of the technology given the emitted radiation and harm to human health. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to use a geographic information system to evaluate the spatial distribution of deaths attributed to brain cancer and statistically evaluate whether cell phone towers were significant in predicting the observed brain cancer death rates across the northeastern U.S.  This analysis also considered socioeconomics (income) and air pollution (nitrogen dioxide) as additional predictors of brain cancer distributions.  Clustering of high brain cancer death rates were present in counties along the east coast which included Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.  Results of the global multivariable regression model indicated that median household income and the number of cell phone towers were significant and explained 55% of the observed brain cancer death rates across the northeast.  In conclusion, despite results of previous studies, the potential harm and increased risk of brain cancer due to cell phones should continue to be studied as results from this study suggest that cell phone towers, and potentially the radiation emitted from the towers, do have an influence on brain cancer.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: 1st Floor Lobby (Appian Way Entrance)

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