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Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

It’s likely you’ve heard about the supposed link between cell phones and cancer. While there is yet to be hard evidence that cell phone radiation plays a part in cancer risk or development, the truth is that cell phones do emit radiation. Luckily, the FCC regulates the amount of radiation absorbed into your body. Cell phones must have a specific absorption rate is 1.6 watts per kilogram of flesh. CNET did some research and found the Top 5 phones with the highest SAR ratings – did your phone make the list?

While the high SAR ratings can be shocking, it is wise to understand how damaging or harmless this can be. Radiation can be categorized into two types, ionizing and non-ionizing. As noted on, exposure to ionizing radiation increases the risk of cancer. Ionizing radiation includes x-rays and cosmic rays. The radiation coming from your mobile phone is non-ionizing, such as radiofrequency. According to the article, heating is the only effect of this radiation. Regardless, SAR rating is put in place to protect the public.

Still, some studies show a minor connection between certain cancers and cell phones. The results were less than compelling, but did show proof of a link, however major or minor. However, other factors may not have been evaluated and can attribute to the risk and development of these cancers.

With the increase of cell phone users, and with users starting at such a young age, concerns have risen over time, spurring more studies. Have you ever thought about the radiation risks? Do you limit your time on your cell phone because of this? We would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and our new verified Google+ page.

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