Are We Being Naive About Cell Phones And Cancer?

There’s been talk about cancer and cell phones before. Yet in recent years the paranoia seems to have subsided and nagging requests from your mother to “use an ear piece!” sound just as laughable as “you’ll catch a cold if you go out like that!” An article in the February issue of GQ, however, asserts that perhaps we should be worrying. Is it possible that we may one day think of our mobiles in the same way we now consider cigarettes? Of course, convincing an audience of fans requires convincing evidence. Apparently, there have been some disturbing findings in recent years (that perhaps haven’t been well-publicized enough):

“Though the scientific debate is heated and far from resolved, there are multiple reports, mostly out of Europe’s premier research institutions, of cell-phone and PDA use being linked to “brain aging,” brain damage, early-onset Alzheimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and even sperm die-offs (many men, after all, keep their cell phones in their pants pockets or attached at the hip). In September 2007, the European Union’s environmental watchdog, the European Environment Agency, warned that cell-phone technology ‘could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol.’”

That’s not all—wi-fi, especially in Europe, is becoming a concern: “The Austrian Medical Association is lobbying for a ban of all Wi-Fi systems in schools, citing the danger to children’s thinner skulls and developing nervous systems.”

Are you paranoid at all about how your phone may damage your health? Or think that it’s unlikely that cancer and cell phone usage could ever be linked? [GQ]

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