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Q: cell phones and cancer ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: cell phones and cancer
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: easyv-ga
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Posted: 22 Mar 2006 21:17 PST
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Question ID: 710885
Hello i would like information on if cell phone use causes any type of
cancer or not? In example the electromagnatic waves so close to your
head is what might cause cancer.I perfer an argumental way like
articles or websites that say cell phones do cause cancer, and others
that say they do not cause cancer.
thank you
Subject: Re: cell phones and cancer
Answered By: umiat-ga on 22 Mar 2006 21:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, easyv-ga! 

 Of course, the debate about cell phones and cancer still rages on. 

 Rather than inundate you with numerous articles pro and con, I tried
to find a few comprehensive articles that provide an overview of the
studies and provide some conclusions based on the evidence to date.


 An excellent review of recent studies can be found in the following article:

 "Cell Phones, Cancers and Brain Tumors. What is the REAL story?"
Environment, Health and Safety Online.

Positions, pro and con:

Cell phones are dangerous

* They emit microwaves.
* You hold the source of the emission against your brain
* There are claims that people have had brain tumors in the exact size, shape 
  and position as the antenna on their cell phone.

Cell phones are safe:

* Cell phones use a very, very low level of radio frequency (rf) energy - too 
  low to cause damage.
* The type of energy emitted is non-ionizing - meaning it doesn't cause damage 
  to chemical bonds or dna.
* Hundreds of millions of people have been using cell phones and cordless 
  phones for years. If there were a problem, we would have seen it by now. 



"EHSO has seen no credible evidence to date that cell phones cause
cancer or brain tumors.  It is illogical to believe that evidence of
unusual brain tumors is covered up when there are hundred's of
millions of people using cell phones worldwide. There is a TREMENDOUS
amount of junk science and thoroughly ignorant (as in untrained,
uneducated) people running around naming themselves as experts and
publishing their opinions on the internet. This hype and
fear-mongering has only one goal: to puff up the egos and wallets of
those propagating nonsense."

"However, cell phones are still relatively new, and while the
radiation may not be likely to cause cancer, it may cause some other
type of damage (certainly accidents in cars from being distracted
while fumbling with the phone!)

"So common sense suggests that we each take some prudent precautions."


An interesting study is planned to test the effect of cell phone
radiation on human skin:

Read "Finnish group to test cellphone radiation on human skin," by
Humphrey Cheung. March 3, 2006.

"A radiation watchdog group in Finland called the Radiation and
Nuclear Safety Authority will be testing the effects of cellphone
radiation on the skin of human volunteers. The ten volunteers, who are
all employees at the group, will have small areas of their skin
exposed to cellphone radiation for the duration of a long call or
about one hour. Skin samples will be taken after the exposure and
compared with one before."

Read further...


See "Cellular Phones."

* Scroll down to section - "Do Cellular Phones Cause Brain Cancer?
What Studies in Humans Suggest."


A very recent article downplays the cancer risk from mobile phones:

Read "Health effects of using mobile phones." The Hindu. Thursday, Mar
09, 2006.


An older article follows:

Also read:

"Cell Phones and Cancer: No Clear Connection," by Tamar Nordenberg.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Consumer magazine.
November-December 2000


See "New Radiation Scare from Mobile Phones."


Read the Larry King Live Transcript (keep in mind this is from the year 2000)

Larry King Live - "Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?" Aired August 9, 2000


I hope these articles help you to form some opinions both pro and con.



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easyv-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: cell phones and cancer
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Mar 2006 23:06 PST
I understand that there is more risk from televisions than mobile phones.

Yet no one worries about our tellies.
Subject: Re: cell phones and cancer
From: myoarin-ga on 23 Mar 2006 05:59 PST
Right, they used to say that cathode ray screens would make men infertile.

Apparently cordless phones and their base units create much higher
radiation and do so more or less continuously.
Subject: Re: cell phones and cancer
From: all4him-ga on 23 Mar 2006 07:18 PST
Having worked in the wireless industry for almost 20 years, I've read
many studies regarding cell phone risks.  The one obective study I
found (wish I had a link, sorry) indicated that while there was no
evidence that suggested cellphones can cause a tumor, they identified
a rare, specific type of tumor that changed its growth pattern when
exposed to RF from a cell phone over a long period of time.  I wish I
had more info on that study, I read it many years ago.

Statisticly, many more people die in car accidents as a result of
talking on their cell phone than die of brain tumors regardless of the

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