Can Cell Phone Radiation Cause Tumors or Cancer?

by Karen Brooks on December 9, 2010

Cell PhoneCould you imagine your life without a cell phone?  Losing the peace of mind by not knowing where your family or friends are in a manner of minutes?

The very device that we all can’t live without could be hazardous to your health says the small fine print that is included with your new cell phone. You probably just tossed it away when unpacking your phone.  Recommendations by Apple say that an iPhone should come no closer than 5/8″ from your ear; BlackBerry says an inch.

So what are the consequences of using a cell phone? Recent research by Devra Davis PhD, Dept. of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, who has written a book entitled, Disconnect, exposes that cell phone radiation has been linked to various illness’s including, cancer, memory loss, DNA damage, and the breakdown of your brain’s defenses to name a few.

You are probably thinking that the research couldn’t apply to me! I don’t use my cell phone that much! Well, does two hours a month sound like you? If you are like me, it means that we may be doubling our risk for potential brain tumors and cancer, especially with long term usage of this practical device. Children and teens are at most risk since their brains are still growing. There appears to be a delayed time lapse, typically from 10 to 20 years before symptoms are uncovered.

Perhaps you are skeptical.  Why not take some practical approaches to reduce the amount of cell phone radiation exposure today? These common sense guidelines could potentially save you from the long term effects:

1. Keep the phone as far away from your head as possible. Use your speakerphone option.

2. Limit your child’s use of cell phones and wireless devices. Only use them in an emergency.

3. Use a land line phone at home and in the office.

4. Reduce your cell phone usage. Many land line phone plans also include free long distance. Utilize them whenever possible.

5. Only use your cell phone when you have good reception. The weaker the reception, the more power is needed to transmit. With increased power usage, more cell phone radiation is emitted.

6. Don’t carry the cell phone on your body. Put it in a purse or briefcase.

7. Turn your phone off when it is not needed.

8. Use a well shielded wired headset.

Small practical lifestyle changes can add up and make a huge long term health impact.  I will continue to monitor the impact of cell phone radiation and report in future articles.

Share your thoughts with me. I would love to have your opinion on this subject.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Diana December 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hey thnx 4 the info it really made me think aboout using a cell phone even though i’m almost 18. So much and i havn’t used a cell phone to call anyone in about 3-4 months and i’m doing fine with out one i also have a question….. how do you know if you hav a brain tumor or just a Tumor? thnx get back at me at (i am 17 in 1 year i’ll be 18)


admin December 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Diana, Thank you for your comment. I am not a medical doctor. I have known several people who have had brain tumors. Symptoms may vary depending of the tumor. I don’t know many teens that live without a cell phone. You are special for taking an interest in keeping yourself healthy!


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