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Pittsburgh Doctor Warns People to Limit Cell Phone Use because of Cancer Risk

Do You Worry About Your Cell Phone Being a Cancer Risk?

Every few months, it seems there's a new study saying that cell phones do or don't cause cancer. Today, they're saying it does. The new study is from a Pittsburgh doctor, warning folks to limit their use because of a possible link between cell phones and cancer.

Dr. Ronald B. Herberman circulated a memo warning that not only are the electromagnetic fields a risk to the user, but cautions people when using phones in a public place, like the bus, so that you don't expose others as well.

I don't want to seem like I'm not taking it seriously or being an alarmist, but what exactly is limited usage? Should we retain our dwindling landlines so we don't have to talk on cell phones at home, or is it chronic gabbers that are at risk? Either way, if I stressed about all the things that might kill me, frankly, I'd die of stress. So for now, I'm going to let it ride. What about you?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I used to work for a cell phone company and we would get reports like this all the time. One would say it was safe, another would say it's not. At this point, I have decided that anything worth doing or having is going to cause something, most likely cancer since that seems to be the big word going around these days. This report or any other report won't slow my roll with the celly. Sorry!
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
Da*n that LA smog lol....I agree chatoyante! I try not to worry but if they ever come to a final decsion saying it DEFINITELY(sp?) causes cancer then I guess it's back to the home telephone as my primary number...I'd like to live as long as I possible
chatoyante chatoyante 8 years
Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't; it sounds like we'll have to wait for longer-term studies to be certain. In the meantime, I use my bluetooth when I can and beyond that, I try not to worry. When you think about it, it's a slippery slope towards anxiety. If you worry about cell phone waves, then why not also worry about the wifi signals that permeate most of our houses? and...and..... it feels like a waste to panic over things that, in modern cities, we just can't avoid beyond a certain point. We've learned to live with some things that aren't exactly healthy, like smog in LA. We have to manage our risks and forget about what we can't control.
gasior gasior 8 years
This is from whatsnew@BOBPARK.ORG 1. CANCER: WHAT EINSTEIN KNEW ABOUT CELL PHONES. By now everyone has heard the news frenzy over Ronald Herberman, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, advising faculty and staff to limit cell phone use because there is no proof that it’s not a cancer risk. Nonsense! All cancer agents act by disrupting chemical bonds. In a classic 2001 op-ed LBL physicist Robert Cahn explained that Einstein won the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physics for showing that cell phones can’t cause cancer. The threshold energy of the photoelectric effect, for which Einstein won the prize, lies at the extreme blue end of the visible spectrum in the near ultraviolet. The same near-ultraviolet rays can also cause skin cancer. Red light is too weak to cause cancer. Cell-phone radiation is 10,000 times weaker.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
I always knew cellphone cause cancer!!!! It's too obvious. I'm not going to explain why though.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
I like to refer to a quote from my Favorite Chef Jacque Pepin: "I will not [skimp on] butter, so that I may be healthy when I Die."
vivosergirl vivosergirl 8 years
No lie, my last serious boyfriend was so freaked out over this. He refused to use cell phones and didn't let me use mine when we went out on dates. I feel like everything is a carcinogen nowadays... So it's a risk I'm willing to take.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Seriously. I think it's also misinformation that these scientists are producing. If you look at the electromagnetic spectrum, there are a series of rays that are harmless and a series that are harmless and harmful. Radio waves - in which the microwaves that cell phones use are a part of - are harmless. How else could we survive? There are radio waves constantly passing through us. Infrared Rays (the ones that carry thermal energy) and visible light are also harmless - well, unless you burn yourself on a stove or something. It's all of the rays of short wavelength and high frequency that you have to watch out for - ultraviolet rays, x-rays, and gamma rays. Even though they all have their purposes - UV to produce vitamin D, x-rays to help see inside of people and thing and gamma to destroy cancerous cells - they can also cause cancer in too high of concentrations. So. Scientists, stop trying to scare us until you have undeniable proof that using cell phones is a serious detriment to our health.
raieven raieven 8 years
My husband also said there was some study done in England where they found that men who carried their mobiles around in their pants pocket were more likely to have cancer in their balls. don't quote me on that though (it might have come out of the Daily Mail).
beckajo128 beckajo128 8 years
mmm a bit worried, are there any preventative measures for cell phone cancer risk? like something you stick on your phone... or all those just a hoax? I do feel like my brain is melting at times from the phone, or a bit worried if it will blow up in the heat!
troy-bolton troy-bolton 8 years
i don't get it :)
jessie jessie 8 years
something gonna kill me one day, i'm not gonna worry about which one..
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
No. Everything is risk now-a-days. I remember a while back they said milk could be bad for you. Soon after they turned it back around. I'm not always on my phone anyway. Just seems like they enjoy making people worry about stupid things.
phatE phatE 8 years
seriously, i would be LONG gone if everything they say causes cancer actually did.. i drink too much diet coke, eat too much processed food, have unlimited cell phone minutes because i was still going over the 1600 day time i had, etc. i basically do everything to an extreme, so if all of these things cause cancer, i better continue to live it up because the damage has probably already been done. i am going to laugh if i live to 100. :)
mckena mckena 8 years
i think their studies are completely annoying and they should quit making assumptions until they are absolutely positive. i'm going to keep using my cell phone and we'll just wait and see what happens. i agree with lilglamdiva.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
I use Skype for calling if I am at home, and my mobile virtually as little as I can...for awhile I used to use my mobile as an alarm but it started to freak me out, the idea of it so close to my head all the time...warranted or not, I won't even put it in the bedroom now, and I am online so much that friends or family are easier for me to speak to there. And that's how I like it. :P
chicobo chicobo 8 years
I love my cell phone. Bring it on. :(
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I don't really talk on it very much. I text most of the time.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
everything causes cancer! i just don't like that they keep going back and forth about it. one week it does one week it doesn't. it's annoying!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I completely agree Lilglamdiva! You can't live in fear of every little thing.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
I feel the same exact way. Everything causes something...and as morbid as it sounds, we're all going to die eventually, you can't live your life fearing what MIGHT happen
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