We knew it was too good to be true! Then again, we don't think anyone really knows one way or the other if cellphones increase the risk of cancer.
The latest study that explored the link between cancer and cellphones determined that they do not increase the chance for cancer in children between the ages of 7 and 19.
However, experts and advocates for consumer safety are REFUTING the study's findings! They insist the study is not only flawed, but may not be entirely reliable because it was funded by the cellphone industry!
Devra Davis, president and founder of the consumer advocacy group Environmental Health Trust, said:
"To have moms assume that kids using cell phones are safe is the wrong conclusion to make."
She went as far as to compare the possible danger that cell phones pose to the dangers of tobacco, saying:
"Do you really want to run an experiment on your children like we did with tobacco?"
A brain tumor expert has agreed and thinks the study was too short to draw any kind of conclusions about the effect of cellphones on children, saying:
"It usually takes decades of exposure for a person to be at an increased cancer risk. It's interesting that most of the studies that have shown a correlation between brain cancer and cell phone use have tended to look at long-term exposure — at least 10 years — and at higher doses such as using a cell phone for 60 minutes or more each day. Studies that have tended to not find a link looked at short-term use — maybe an hour or so a month."
Their arguments make sense and we admit we were blinded by hope with the rest of the media! Much like the rest of the 4.6 billion cellphone users around the world, we'll continue to cross our fingers that they are safe, but it sounds like only time will tell.
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