Cell Phone Radiation – Ways to Limit Exposure

World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as a possible cancer-causing agent. The conclusion was reached by a group of 31 scientists from 14 countries who convened for a week in Lyon, France to review hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies on the subject of cell phone radiation.

“The evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.”- Dr Jonathan Samet, University of California Scientist.

The 2B classification as mentioned above means “possibly carcinogenic to humans” as per classification categories used by World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).


Christopher Wild, director of IARC had a pragmatic advice for cell phone users

“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting.” – said IARC Director Christopher Wild

Users concerned with link between cell phones and cancer risk may adopt the following measures to limit exposure to cell phone radiation.

  1. Use a speakerphone or headset whenever possible
  2. Carry the Phone away from the body, recommended to be 1 inch away from body with antenna facing away from you. Those overly concerned might even carry it in a handbag!
  3. Keep the phone away from your abdomen area in case you are pregnant
  4. Avoid sleeping with an active cell phone next to the bedside or under the pillow
  5. Limit cell phone use for children, they are more at risk due to thinner and smaller skull.
  6. Limit Cell phone use in areas with poor reception, Cell Phones are known to emit more radiation whenever there is a weak signal
  7. Buy a Phone with a lower SAR (Specific Absorption Rate)

For more information on what SAR means and to check your phone’s SAR visit CNET

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