Taking bigger green steps and making greener choices . . . for your family and future generations
May 3, 2011
Do cellphones cause cancer?
There are MANY known causes of cancer, such as tobacco and asbestos, to avoid already. What about cellphones? The jury is still out on cellphone radiation, but I try to use the "speaker phone" option as much as possible.
The challenge is that there's not one simple test for carcinogens. Plus it takes years for many cancers to appear, and human trials are few and far between. Mickey Mouse in a lab and John Q. Public are quite dissimilar. Often one test must be corroborated by another. Some trials have even been contradictory.
The National Toxicology Program has begun a promising study in which cellphone radiation will be turned on and off for 10-minute stretches for 20 hours each day. But we'll need to wait until 2014 for the results on the nearby mice. So cellphones will probably be called "potentially carcinogenic” until then.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mary Ann Moxon, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on this blog.