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May 20th, 2011
08:08 AM ET

Human Factor: After the tumor, raising the cell phone issue

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed.   This week Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to real estate agent Alan Marks. He's a man  whose determination helped him to overcome his deficits from brain cancer and become one of the leading advocates for cell phone safety. Here is his story in his own words.

In the summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after suffering a grand mal seizure in the middle of the night.  I had a craniotomy and a golf ball sized tumor was removed.

Of course I was angry but I also needed to know why.  Why did this happen to me?  My medical records were sent to doctors and scientists around the world and they said they believed my brain tumor was directly attributable to my long -term extensive use of my cellular phone.  I then heard stories of many brain tumor patients who were in the same situation as me, many much younger and many no longer alive.

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