Can Cell Phone Use Really Cause Brain Cancer?

Can Cell Phone Use Really Cause Brain Cancer?

cell phoneThe World Health Organizations now says “Cell phones are POSSIBLY carcinogenic” based on a study by 31 scientists from 14 different countries. I have to admit that this is truly one of my biggest phobias (and snakes too!)…  I live on my cell phone.  In fact, Alan always joked how his stay-at-home-wife managed to rack up a bigger cell phone bill every month than he did… and he used his often for work.

Although study after study has shown that there is NO clear link between cell phone use & brain cancer, the World Health Organization has nevertheless issued this as a potential risk.  This risk puts cell phones into the same “not good for you” category as auto exhaust & lead.  Why can’t “the experts” definitively answer the question?  YES or NO????  From what I’ve read so far, many cancerous tumors take decades to develop and the studies conducted thus far have not tracked people for longer than a decade… I guess time will tell.

Meanwhile according to Cancer Research U.K., “the only health danger firmly connected to cellphones is a higher risk of car accidents.”  The group recommends children under 16 only use cellphones for essential calls because their brains & nervous systems are still developing.  And the US National Institutes of Health have found that cellphone use can speed up brain activity, but it is unknown whether that has any dangerous health effects.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  No one really knows the answer to whether or not cell phones cause brain cancer.  But if you’re the slightest bit concerned, take the phone away from your ear and use the hands-free function or get a headset.  

(Source:  MSNBC; USA Today; US Dept of Health)

 



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