Hold the phone: Does cell phone use cause cancer?

March 1, 2016

Cure: The suspicion that cell phone use can cause cancers and other tumors has been under discussion for some time, but so far, experts disagree about research findings. Like microwaves, cordless phones, smart meters and Wi-Fi devices, cell phones emit non- ionizing radiation, a radiofrequency (RF) energy that is generally assumed to be less harmful unless exposure at high levels is prolonged. Many factors determine the amount of radiation exposure, such as the amount of time spent on the phone, the phone’s distance from the head, the distance to the nearest cell phone tower and the amount of power being used. There have been studies on the effects of RF exposure, but many experts believe it is too soon to come to conclusions, as the effects my take a long time to manifest. Under the advisement of Joel Moskowitz, director and principal investigator at the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley SPH, the city of Berkeley adopted a "right to now" law requiring retailers to notify customers to read manufacturers’ RF safety information. In addition, he and other scientists have signed The International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal, a petition calling on world leaders to adopt stronger regulation of wireless radiation and to issue health warnings. 

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