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Cellphones and Radiation

Posted by shadmia on September 28, 2009

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Do all cellphones emit the same amount of radiation? Should you be worried about the amount of radiation your cellphone emits? What are the side effects of radiation exposure from cellphones? Is your cellphone dangerous?

If you have ever wondered about any of these questions, you are not alone. If you have never considered any of these questions, maybe you should.

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has issued a report on the dangers of radiation from cellphone use.

More than 4 billion people around the world use cell phones. The technology has only been around for two decades. Scientists do not yet fully understand long-term health risks from cell phone radiation, but recent research has prompted serious concerns about exposure to wireless emissions.

Here are some of the results for people who have used cellphones for 10 years or more:

  • A significantly increased risk of developing glioma, a usually malignant brain tumor.
  • A significantly increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a type of benign brain tumor.
  • A significantly increased risk of benign parotid (salivary) gland tumors.
  • The brains of young children absorb more radiation than those of adults rendering them more vulnerable to brain tumors.
  • Young children who use cell phones are 80 percent more likely to suffer emotional and hyperactivity problems.
  • Exposure to cell phone radiation may affect the immune, endocrine and nervous systems, fetal development and overall metabolism.

Are you paying attention??: Prolonged cellphone use may be dangerous.

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Cellphones vary widely in the amount of radiation they emit. How does your phone compare to others? Click this link to find out about your phone.

Cellphones are ranked according to their radiation level. Find out the best and worst cellphones here.

Nothing can be done about the amount of radiation a particular cellphone emits but there are some safety tips to reduce your exposure. Find out what you can do to reduce your exposure here.

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I personally have two cellphones that I carry around with me all the time. To be honest, I never even considered looking into the radiation levels before purchasing either one.

The good news is that one of them showed up in the “Best Phones” category and the other one did not show up in the “Worst Phones” category.

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I am not sure if when I get a new phone, the radiation emissions level will be my top priority in choosing it; but I can assure you, it will be one of the factors I check out before making another purchase.

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