Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

September 22, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on September 22, 2010 1:32 PM | | Comments (1)

There have been numerous studies over the past several years regarding cell phone radiation and its possible link to cancer. While some studies suggest a link and others dismiss the idea, the answer to the cell phone- cancer link question continues to be a debate among researchers. What is a known fact, however, is that cell phones emit radiation.

In June 2010 in San Francisco, a law was passed requiring all cell phone retailers to show how much radiation cell phones emit. This law is meant to protect consumers by making this information readily available when people purchase their phones. The Wireless Association (CTIA), a group that represents the cell phone industry, was not happy about this law, and sued the city claiming this law is unconstitutional and leads consumers to believe that the FCC's standards are not enough. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversees cell phone radiation standards in the United States, and demands that all cell phones be tested for radiation levels in independent labs.

A study by researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group discloses how much radiation is emitted by over 1200 cell phone models. Although the EWG argues that longer-term exposure (ten years or more) to cell phone radiation increases brain tumor risks, there is currently no conclusive evidence that proves there is a cell phone radiation-cancer link from either short or long-term usage. The EWG's goal with the report was to inform consumers so they could take measures to lower their potential risks. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of how much radiation the body absorbs when using a cell phone. The website contains information on cell phone radiation and has a radiation chart where users can find out how much radiation their cell phone emits.

Dan Irving is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling product liability cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.


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