Cell phones are carcinogenic again

Katherine - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )

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WHO just did another study and they determined that cell phones can indeed cause certain kinds of brain cancer if used for a period of 10 years or more.

http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/20...

The radiation is not unlike that from a low powered microwave. This is awesome because guess who plays with mommy's cell phone? Guess who talks to daddy on mommy's cell phone? This study was just released Memorial Day.

In can also effect long term memory. Oh geez, Roger that.

What do you think about WHO changing their stance?

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Rosie - posted on 06/01/2011

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LOL, just about a week ago my husband was making fun of me cause I got a home phone. When asked why, I replied cause I don't want cancer. He then proceeded to say oh them circle of moms ladies got to u again, huh? Needless to say he got owned this morning when the study came out.:)

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Sherry, with the exception of microwaves, those other things aren't allowed for different reasons. Radiation is still more dangerous than the other items you or anyone else has mentioned.

Charlie - posted on 06/01/2011

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I hate phones , I hate talking on them ...ask any of my friends , I am hard to get a hold of LOL so this doesnt bother me , I think WHO can change stance as long as they have evidence to back it , our knowledge is always evolving it is inevitable that we will discover new things .

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2011

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The reports I read said the tumors even form right on the side of the head where you use the phone most so that would make sense.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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Oh, I know it's emitting radiation no matter how you're using it, but texting at least keeps it further from your brain. I thought that was where the brain problem came in right? I remember Dr. Oz saying once that he rotates the side he holds the phone to just to reduce exposure to his natural phone talking side. Hahaha.

Amy - posted on 06/01/2011

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True, but some people use the other items on a daily basis or it's in contact with skin on a daily basis. My phone sits on the counter most of hte time and barely gets used. I think no matter what it is it is the amount of exposure in quantity and time that will get you.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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There's a big difference in what is in cell phones compared to what's in other products. I mean, you're not even supposed to throw away cell phones because they don't want them in the ground. The same can't be said for any of the other products you, or others, have mentioned.

Amy - posted on 06/01/2011

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sniff. i miss my rotary phone.

I don't keep my phone on me. It's on the counter all the time because it's like the "home phone" now. My mom gets ticked if i can't get to it right away. please. Must keep track of it and have it away from kids so they don't change numbers or call people.

Whatever WHO says..eh, whatever. My cell phone manuals have all said that it can cause cancer. If it says it right in my manual, doesn't matter if WHO says it's jim dandy to eat one, I'm still going on the manual that says it can cause cancer. But then I agree with the statement below.....so does everything now, right? I mean truly. List of things that can cause cancer is so long it's insane. Lunchmeats, electricity, microwaves, plastics, chemicals in our clothing, stuff in deodorant, toothpastes, dryer sheets, makeup.....you have to be careful with a lot of stuff.

http://www.wikicancer.org/page/The+list+...

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Yeah, I'm just arguing... I don't disagree w/ you. ;) I just know I'll never remember to make a change. I think my brain is already screwed up. ;) Well, I KNOW it is and it ain't from the cell phone.....

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2011

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No silly, carry it in the purse when out of the house. Leave it up high when in the house and check frequently for calls. I have kids too, I know how destructive they can be. We work around it though.

Listen, brain cancer rates are climbing 5-fold in the last few years in under 30's and it's still going up. If you are OK with the risk, more power to you. I value my health and make inconvenient choices accordingly.

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Carry it in my purse? So... drag it in and out of the house every 30 seconds while chasing around a wild 3 year old? Set it on the counter and hope he doesn't grab a hold of it and destroy everything in it while I'm changing his baby sister's diaper.... Carry my purse around w/ me everywhere and risk losing everything in my purse cuz I set it down and forget it somewhere.

And if I hold the phone an inch away from my head.... I might as well not use the phone at all cuz I won't hear/understand a darn thing. ;)

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2011

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Which is fine. You don't have to avoid the phone completely, just carry it in a purse instead of your pocket and keep it 1" away from head while using it.

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Well, I'm not intentionally going out and trying to GET cancer, but considering that I'm hardly ever at home and my kids are frequently away from me... I HAVE to have a cell phone and I HAVE to have it on me.

I also babysit... in a house w/ no landline. Gotta have a cell phone there even when my kids are WITH me.

Now, I hate talking on the phone, so I only use it when I have to.... Demanding safe goods is great, but when it's something you have to have whether it's safe or not.....

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2011

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That's so defeatist though. Doesn't it make more sense to minimize the risk and demand safe consumer goods? Are we at the point of just saying fuck it?

Tyrae - posted on 06/01/2011

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OH! And all electronics produce radiation. So pretty much you would have to live in a cave with no electricity to get away from it...

Tyrae - posted on 06/01/2011

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I would also like to point out that they decided working the night shift as carcinogenic too.

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2011

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I've always suspected as much. I never really got into cell phones. I have a pay as you go (Rumour 2, very high on the radiation list) which I use it 2-3 times per day including texting the mom of the little girl I take to school every day. It is carried in my purse or left on my desk at work.



I haven't owned a microwave in 8 years and will never get another one. I use natural cleaners. I've stopped wearing makeup. I use natural dish soap, laundry detergent and everything else I can possibly find. At 31 and a former smoker brought up on processed foods, my body is probably already riddled with with cancer causing agents. I am slowly moving to as natural a lifestyle as possible in hopes I minimize the risks for my children.



A cure for cancer is not in our immediate future, the industry has grown too large. the industry of finding a cure and the industry for treating cancer itself. It is best to simplify our lifestyle to minimize our exposure. There is not much else we can do at this point.

Isobel - posted on 06/01/2011

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They didn't say that they didn't think cell phones cause cancer...we all just decided we wanted them anyway and "forgot".



The best way to invest in curing cancer is knowing how to avoid getting it (if possible).

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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This recommendation was after reviewing SEVERAL studies, not just the one study that Tara mentioned.

It's always good to look at the bigger picture, instead of one small detail. Is it concrete, no but, that's why we continue to "waste" money in studies.

Katie - posted on 06/01/2011

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no we shouldn't stop researching but how many times have you seen "cellphones cause cancer" and then oh wait, now we don't think they do. This study is based on people who already have brain cancer remembering how much they used their phones up to 10 years ago. It doesn't seem like a super efficient way to conduct a study.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Well, there is a ton of money that goes into curing cancer. Personally I don't see why they can't do both. Should we just stop researching causes then and just focus solely on "possible" cures? That would be a scary world...

Katie - posted on 06/01/2011

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Maybe instead of putting money into countless studies that prove that cell phones might possibly maybe cause cancer, they should put alllll of that money into curing cancer.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Texting....It CAN KILL YOU IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!! Mwhahahahaha

The cell phone emits radiation, no matter what you're doing it with. But, the idea that texting emits radiation is funny. Although I know what you meant, Katherine.

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OK, shed years off of my life expenctancy and sign me up for hospice then. I've used my cell phone as my sole number for 4 years now.

Amber - posted on 06/01/2011

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So, does using a bluetooth decrease your risk? Because most people have to be hands free while driving, and most people I know only use cell phones during commuting times. Otherwise they have a house or office phone.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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So our purses will save our hip bones! I need to convince the husband to get a manpurse.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Technically it all depends on where you carry your phone, no? Just like they're saying about carry it in your pocket, it's proving to be possible that it weakens the hip bone...

Lady Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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I think I talk on a cell phone for about 10 minutes a year max, so I'm not too concerned for myself. Texting might save us all. Are we all going to get finger cancer instead though? Hmmm...

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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I just heard about cell phones causing weakness to hip bones too...

I thought they could possibly cause brain cancer way back when Jonny Cochran came down with brain cancer and he was known to be one of the first people to constantly have a cell phone attached to his head. There was also some other high profile person who got brain cancer and used a cell phone constantly...I can't recall who is was though.

Bonnie - posted on 06/01/2011

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I can believe it. Just in case, i'm thankful I mainly use my cell phone for texting.

Tara - posted on 06/01/2011

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I agree with the study, unfortunately it is coming under fire because of the method used to reach the results given in the study.
They used people who already have brain cancer and asked them to re-call how often they used their cell phone in the past decade.
So.... the study doesn't have the credibility I would like to see by WHO BUT... I still believe the results.
There is a reason cops and other people carrying radios or cell phones are told not to carry them in their front pocket or worse leave them in their lap while driving. Hello! Testicular cancer!! So yes I agree with the change in stance and I hope they continue to do real research to confirm their suspicions and re-classify it as "is carcinogenic" rather than "possibly carcinogenic to humans"
Cell phone are now in the same class as "DDT and vehicle exhaust and coffee." Group B is the actual classification.
So... while yes I think there is an increase or could be an increase in certain types of brain cancer, I think they should be a little less vague in their recommendations. WHO is simply saying there is a chance that cell phone use can possibly be carcinogenic to humans, but they aren't saying it is, and they aren't saying not to use your cell. They are simply saying it's a possibility and that using hands free or texting is likely to be safer for you.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2011

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Well, I always thought it could, so no surprise to me. Of course people thought I was nuts now they can chew on that nut! :P

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