Here’s the lowdown from Prevention magazine:
Researchers at the Swedish National Institute asked 4-thousand people about their cell phone habits. Half of them had cancer, including malignant brain tumors, and half of them had no cancer at all.
The result: People who had used their phones 1 hour a day for more than 10 years were two-and-a-half times more likely to get a brain tumor. That’s opposed to people who used their phones 30 minutes or less a day. And the tumors often appeared on the side of the head where the cell phone was most frequently held.
But new research contradicts those findings. Two large, long term studies by British and Dutch researchers found no links between cell phone use and several types of brain cancer. In fact, the American Food and Drug Administration criticized the Swedish study, saying that using questionnaires to gather their data may have yielded inaccurate results.
Bottom line: the risk of getting brain cancer from your cell phone is still very low. But if you’re concerned, cut your exposure to the radio waves emitted by cell phones. How?
• First, keep your calls short.
• Then, use a hands-free unit, like a Bluetooth earpiece.
• And pick a phone with a low “Specific Absorption Rate”.
That’s how many radio waves get absorbed by your head. The FDA recommends 1.6 watts or less per kilogram. To see what your phone emits, check the package your phone came in. Or find the model number and FCC ID number under the battery - and check with the FCC website at www dot FCC.gov.