The longer that cell phone is glued to your ear, the higher your risk could be for cancer, according to new study. Although the daily doses of radiation from the devices is small, it can build up over time to a deadly level, said study author Igor Yakymenko.
“Using your phone for just 20 minutes a day for five years increased the risk of one type of brain tumor threefold, and using the phone an hour a day for four years upped the risk of some tumors three to five times,” said Yakymenko, whose meta-study of other research was conducted for the Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology, and Radiobiology in Kiev, Ukraine.
Studies suggesting links between cell phones and cancer are not new. There is widespread dispute over the risk.
Brown University professor of epidemiology David A. Savitz judged: “We know quite a bit (about the risk) actually and it seems extremely unlikely that there is an effect. We are down to the range that there is no risk or a risk that is almost too small to detect.”
The possible connection between cell phones and cancer also became a front-burner issue after Berkeley, CA, passed a law that requires cell phone stores to inform customers, in writing, about the potential dangers of using the devices. The Berkeley law goes beyond current federal guidelines by stating: “children and anyone carrying their phone in a pocket or bra could be at increased risk of radiation exposure.”
Yakymenko’s study reports that damage can add up over time and cause a variety of health problems, like cancer, headaches, fatigue and even skin problems.
The youngest phone users may be those at greatest risk, Yakymenko warned.
“The situation can dramatically differ for children who use cells phone in childhood, when their biology much more sensitive to hazardous factors, and will use it over the life,” he said.
h/t: The Daily News
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