Can Our Cell Phones Hurt Our Babies? Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
The media’s abuzz about the World Health Organization’s new announcement that cell phone use could “possibly” be linked to brain cancer. WHO’s report cited several studies, including one that found that people who used cell phones an average of 30 minutes a day over a 10-year period were 40 percent more likely to develop brain cancer than people who didn’t. Of course, since cell phones haven’t been around too long, there’s still no 100 percent conclusive evidence. “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," said Dr. Jonathan Samet, overall chairman of the working group.
Because nothing seems certain, we’re only a little worried about ourselves, but we’re wondering if we should start keeping our mobile phones far away from our kids. After all, we’ve done enough reporting on health studies here at The Bump to know that babies and kids are more vulnerable to toxins and carcinogens because they’re so much smaller than us. So until we find out more, we’re sticking with the landline (or Skype!) for phone calls to Grandma.
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