Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Does cell phone use increase cancer risk?

It's possible, according to a recent conclusion raised Tuesday by the World Health Organization. We've all heard statements like this before, that radiation from cell phones can cause cancer.

The WHO has now listed cell phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. The team assures consumers that no adverse health effects had been established, after reviewing peer-reviewed studies and found enough evidence to categorize exposure as possibly harmful to humans. However, evidence concluded two types of brain cancer could rise from cell phone use, but no other types of cancers have been ruled out.

The type of radiation coming out of a cell phone is called non-ionizing. Not like an X-Ray, but more like a very low-powered microwave oven. Manufacturers of many popular cell phones already warn consumers to keep their device away from their body, and medical experts say there are other ways to minimize radiation.

Users can also use the speakerphone function or wired earpiece to have some distance. User can text instead of talk if they want to keep the phone away from their faces.

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