Does Cell Phone Cause Cancer?

Associate Press reports that Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has issued a warning to his faculty and staff to limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer. This warning is in contrary to numerous studies that don’t find a link between cancer and cell phone use. Herberman is basing this on early unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science and he believes people should take action now.

The warning has made people all around the world panic again on mobile phone usage. He says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing. He suggests that adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone’s electromagnetic fields.

There have been discussions earlier on the electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, especially its possible effects on children, but this never proved really important. Many other earlier studies done by University of Utah(2008), Penn Universities, institutions in France and Norway, etc had never found any serious risk of using cell phones. If you are one of them confused about this issue, read more at WebMD and decide whether you want to use your cell phone!

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My suggestion is to always use wireless headset or speaker phone for longer conversations. Keep the cell phone usage to very minimal for children. Sometimes low quality mobile phones get heated on longer conversations or on roaming. In such cases, never hold the phone next to your ears. Always use hands-free devices like headset or bluetooth devices. I feel that driving while talking on phone is a more serious problem in India than any possible electromagnetic radiation.

What do you think? Do you use a headset? Do you talk ‘n’ drive?

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