According to the World Health Organization, cell phones could possibly cause cancer.
A group of 31 scientists from 14 different countries decided to review the previous data involving cell phone use and cancer. The team found evidence of increases in glioma and acoustic nueroma brain cancers from cell phone users, but couldn’t draw conclusions about other cancers. This prompted the team to place cell phone use in the same cancer causing hazard category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. (For a complete look at the scientific findings, check out this article http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/index.html?hpt=hp_t2)
Although it may take a few years, perhaps decades, to find out the specific nature of cell phone related cancers, scientists and physicians are suggesting cell phone users take precautions now. Here’s a few tips they have suggested.
Text: Avoid putting your cell phone to your head by sending text messages as often as possible.
Use Speakerphone: Another great way to avoid putting the phone against your face is to use speaker phone whenever possible. The further the phone is away from your face is, the better.
Use a Headset: Although a wired headset still transmits radiation through the wire, the levels are lower than that with a cell phone pressed against the side of your face. The headset also keeps the phone farther away from your body. The further the cell phone is, the less radiation your body is absorbing.
Beware of the Bluetooth: Like a wired headset, bluetooths radiation levels that are lower than cell phones. However, most people keep their bluetooths in their ears at all times, which may make them more dangerous than cell phones. To help minimize the stream of radiation, take it out when you’re not using your phone or switch the Bluetooth from ear to ear occasionally.
Avoid Weak Signals: The level of radiation cell phones transmits varies depending on the signal strength in the area. Places where the signal is weak makes your cell phone work harder to retrieve a signal which makes it emit higher levels of radiation. Because of this, you should avoid talking on your cell phone in buildings, elevators and rural areas.
Follow Your Safety Manual: Follow the recommendations in your phone’s safety manual. It will tell you how far the phone should be from your face.