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Question of the Week: Could You Give Up Your Cell Phone If It Posed A Health Risk?

Group classifies cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic".

For many across the U.S. the cell phone has become another appendage...as necessary for them to function as food or air. Try walking a block any time of day or night without seeing someone with a cell phone attached to their ear. Good luck.

So its debatable if recent findings by The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which found that prolonged exposure to cell phones might...might...increase cancer risk and therefore classified cellphones as "possibly carcinogenic", will fall on deaf ears.  According to an Associated Press report it's a classification that also includes "night-shift work, engine exhaust and coffee."

So are the recent reports enough to alter your cell phone behavior? Could you give up your cell phone for a month? A week? A day?

Kathleen Rutler June 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM
I have always tried to use speaker phone, and yes, it is a dilemna. We have all grown accustomed to our cell phones, dependent on them-and cannot even imagine not having instant the instant access they provide. However, the thought of becoming ill or disabled as a result of over-use is disconcerting-we need more definitive studies and even more importantly for someone to develop "protection"-some advanced technology that makes cell phone use completely safe. Is there an inventor out there who can come up with something?
Erika Dankovits Kao June 06, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I could easily give up my cell phone. Piece of cake.
Rebecca K. Abma June 06, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Giving up my cell phone would be like giving up a limb. I'm too dependent on it.

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