Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Ali de Bold
on Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

There has been a lot of buzz on the news about this lately and it doesn't surprise me at all. I've long thought it can't be natural to have a device like that pressed against your head.  I've gotten headaches from long cell phone calls or calls from my cordless home phone when it's not on speaker phone.  So at our house, we use speaker phone unless it's a sensitive conversation and I try to avoid talking on my cell phone too much.

I came across this post on My Thirty where they have a round up of what Dr. Oz thinks of all of this.  Some points I thought were particularly interesting:

* Keep cell phones away from children under 14 since their brains and skulls are still developing.

* Use a headset or speaker phone rather than pressing the phone to your head.

* You are increasing your exposure to Radio Frequency when you experience a bad signal (it has to work harder to find one), or are driving (it switches between towers).

You can read more here.

What do you think about this? Do cell phones make you nervous about cancer?

7 Replies

Texting on Jun 07, 2011 @ 01:50 pm

Hmm I posted here already but I guess I forgot to press submit or something.

Anyways, I always hear about how cell phones are bad and causes cancer and blah blah blah. People are always complaining about how their kids text a lot so maybe it's not a bad thing that they text more now than talking on the phone where they actually have to put the phone against their head to communicate?

It's really important to keep cell phone use to minimal but I think we found a good alternative by texting.

Ali de Bold
Texting is better on Jun 07, 2011 @ 02:41 pm

They are saying that it's better to text. I still wonder about having the device that close to your body all the time.

So true on Jun 07, 2011 @ 02:59 pm

More research needs to be done. The next thing you know we'll find out that cell phones emit radiation that causes cell mutations in our body and not just to our brains.

Excessiveness in general is just bad on Jun 07, 2011 @ 03:37 pm

I think our society is just too used to the idea that "more is better". Everything should be taken in moderation, rather than using it too often!

This could totally be applied to those who are constantly on their phones all the time as a means of communication.
Maybe for those who barely ever use the cellphone do not have to worry as much?

many sources of electromagnetic radiation on Jun 07, 2011 @ 03:49 pm

So-called "EM smog" (electromagnetic radiation) is all around us, from cellphones to wireless computer networks, radio transmitters, baby monitors, cordless telephones, electrical sockets... you get the drift. You can buy electronics that are designed to emit less EM smog, but you have to read the labels carefully. It makes me nervous when a parent will put a baby monitor right in the crib when leaving the door cracked open is usually more than adequate. After all, you don't need to go in every single time baby makes a small noise in his/her sleep. You wait for the "I really mean it, Mom!" wail.

When I lived in Germany, our neighbours had some sort of system in their house that reduced the radiation from the electrical sockets, but I can't remember what it was called.

Pilots and frequent flyers are at risk of cosmic radiation because they are so high in the atmosphere they are more exposed than we on the ground.

My point is there are hazards everywhere. It just boils down to being smart and aware AND knowing that there's only so much you can do to protect yourself and your family. After that you have to take a deep breath and realize that you've done as much as you reasonably can and now need to concentrate on something else.

How many people really pay attention to these warnings? on Jun 07, 2011 @ 04:16 pm

This is one of those things where something hasn't been around long enough for us to truly know the long term effects.

Sure, we've been using them on average for 15 - 20 years, but that's not
a very long time in the span of a lifetime. What if people who've been
heavy cell phone users during that time do start developing cancer from
it 10 years from now? It'll be too late for many people.

The problem is, this is also one of those issues of entitlement and not
taking possible risks seriously. Too many people ignore warnings of
possible risks because they want something. "These risks are just
possibilities and most unproven, and I'm entitled to use all my fancy
electronic devices, so I'm going to use them and do it the way I want

Myself, I'll err on the side of realistic caution...just in case... ;)

great point! on Jun 07, 2011 @ 04:26 pm

@Crystaldawn - I love what you just said about it being an entitlement issue. If we all simplified our lives (and that need not necessarily mean we'd be worse off at all!), many of the concerns we have right now might become moot.

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