Study: Cell Phone Radiation, Possible Public Health Risk

September 9, 2009

(ChattahBox)— A watchdog group just released a comprehensive report on the amount of radiation emitted by more than 1,000 types of cell phones sold in the U.S., and the alarming results show that some phones emit three times more radiation than other models. The report cites the increased cancer risks linked to radiation exposure to the brain and condemns the failure of the U.S. government to require phone makers to disclose radiation levels to consumers.

The first of its kind study was compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), showing the radio frequency emissions of hundreds of cell phones, which are provided in an online consumer guide to help consumers make safe cell phone purchases.

Cell phone radiation levels vary widely between different models, with the lowest level emitted by the Samsung Impression at 0.35 watts per kilogram. And the highest levels emitted by the T-Mobile’s MyTouch 3G, Motorola Moto VU204 and Kyocera Jax S1300, all at 1.55 W/kg.

After extensive research during a 10-month investigation of more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, government advisories and industry documents; the study’s authors urged caution in using cell phones, especially by children.

Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG Senior Scientist and lead author of the study said, “We would like to be able to say that cell phones are safe, “But we can’t. The most recent science, while not conclusive, raises serious issues about the cancer risk of cell phone use that must be addressed through further research. In the meantime, consumers can take steps to reduce exposure.”

“Better consumer information is vital. Recent scientific studies have produced evidence linking brain and salivary gland tumors to cell phone use. The state of the science, while far from definitive, is provocative and troubling and requires more research,” according to the study.

Finally, the study calls on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revisit its outdated cell phone radiation standards, which are based on 1992 industry recommendations that allow 20 times more radiation to penetrate the head than the rest of the body.

The group also wants the FCC to consider new scientific studies linking cell phone radiation exposure to cancer. Additionally, the FCC needs to update its standards to take into consideration the increased use of cell phones by young children.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s research, children are more vulnerable to radiation exposure to the brain, because they have softer, thinner skulls are less able to shield the brain from radiation. Scientists have also found that children’s brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults.

Meanwhile, the watchdog group recommends that parents try to limit cell phone use by their children and use certain precautions to reduce radiation exposure, such as using headsets and the speakerphone option, texting more and not using the phone when the bars show a weak signal.

The report with a complete list of over 1,000 cell phones with radiation levels can be found here.



5 Responses to “Study: Cell Phone Radiation, Possible Public Health Risk”

  1. All about Cell phones, iPhones and iPods! on September 9th, 2009 9:21 pm

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  2. on September 11th, 2009 5:01 pm

    I say huge health risks … we’ve already got signals for cable, phone & radio all over teh place. All phone shops should be required to post radiation levels like fast food restaurants are required to post nutrition facts.

  3. Joan on September 15th, 2009 7:46 am

    Almost everyone carry mobile phones. Specially youngsters are very much fond of. But mobile phones are quite harmful. Its radiation are very harmful. It can cause brain cancer, brain tumours like gliomas and acoustic neuromas, tumours related to the salivary gland. So one should atleast make less use of mobile phones.

  4. Brain Cancer Radiation on October 7th, 2009 6:02 am

    We are living in an age where cell phones have become a part of our life but at least we can minimize its usage.

  5. siobhan and hollie on October 13th, 2009 9:19 am

    who funded this experiment and what was the conclusion and how long it was experimented and how many other people were involved?

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