Monday, July 28, 2008

Child cell phone risk

Cell phone dangers by ABC:

A startling warning by a top cancer researcher has reopened the debate about a link between cell phones and cancer. 80% of U.S. households have at least one cell phone. But the head of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has told his staff the phones pose a danger... especially if they are used by children.

The very public warning about cell phones is the first of its kind-- No other cancer research institution has gone this far. The director of the University of Pittsburgh's cancer institute states the data not yet published links "long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer." and he suggests children are most at risk.

Today the American Cancer Society said the warning was far too strong: Dr. Michael Thun said, "The part I have concerns about is the making public recommendations at this point when the scientific evidence is really very, very weak." There have been studies about cell phones and cancer around the world.

Just this year, the University of Utah looked at nine studies, thousands of brain tumor patients, and concluded "no overall increased risk of brain tumors." Studies in Norway and France reached similar conclusions.

But skeptics including this doctor at the University of Pittsburgh point to studies of long-term cell phone use, studies that are still underway. And they say that the early data does point to a potential risk. That risk comes from the electromagnetic radiation given off by cell phones
similar to but less powerful than a microwave.

They say it's enough of a danger to urge people to:

1.Use a headset..
2. the speakerphone.
3. and not to hold the phone right against your ear.

Brain surgeon Keith Black said he gives his own patients the same
advice: Dr. Keith Black from Cedars Sinai said, "There is a body of evidence that is beginning to show that there may be an association. So the cautious thing to do and certainly what I advise my patients and friends is to be cautious."

The American Cancer Society says being cautious is one thing, but maintains a public warning of this scope is overblown.

I use my cell phone a lot. That is the only way I get things accomplished. There were no cell phones when I was in school, so I have no idea if or maybe when my kids will get one. I would think I would limit their cell phone time. What do you think of this study? Will is change your cell phone habits or those of your kids?
-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Rixblix said...

Aaarg. Kids and cell phones. It drives me crazy! At school, we take phones from kids if they are using them outside of approved times (lunch and break). My 12 year old has been asking for a cell phone and our answer remains NO. I see 3rd, 4th, 5th graders with cell phones and I just don't understand it.

Anonymous said...

We just purchased a cell phone for our 11 year old. The reason for purchasing one is that none of the middle schools in Dunlap have pay phones. If your child stays after school for activities and they finish early they have no way to call their parents. I think they should be limited and with the plans they have available now parents can do exactly that.

SallyN said...

well... our <2yr old has several 'play' phones... I guess we're setting ourselves up for quite a challenge!

I agree with anonymous though... the most significant factor for when she gets a "real" cell phone will be for safety and communication with us. It'll probably be one of those super-restricted ones too. 'Course, we've got a good decade. I'm sure there will be all sorts of fanciness by then. :) said...

I know Sally, what in the world will our little ones have technology-wise when they are in high school? I can only imagine!

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