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CNN usual warning out today about your cell phone and cancer you should be very careful in your kids basically should really be using them at all.
One researcher puts it this way you want to play Russian roulette with your brain.
Is warning comes after the director of the University of Pittsburgh cancer institute sent a blunt message -- -- faculty the staff saying that everybody especially children should limit their cell phone use because of the possible risk of brain cancer.
Doctor David carpenter is one of the experts who signed this letter of warning he's the director of the institute for health.
In the environment at the university of Albany.
Doctor thank you for being here is this does seem unprecedented and -- usual why issue this morning and is tied to some research that has yet to come out.
Well there's been a fair bit -- research on this subject over.
The last several years but the evidence is growing.
It still isn't absolutely proven.
But when you use a cell phone the radio frequency.
That carries the information is the same kind of -- Of radio frequency that -- your Michael wave of it.
That will -- your potato.
Now our standards are set to all avoid excessive heating as you would have in a microwave -- What results from Scandinavia particularly and also -- a new study from Israel.
Showed that people that use cell phones regularly.
For ten years or more.
Are more likely to get brain tumors.
Tumors of the plot of land the -- gland that's on the side of the face.
Or tumors of the auditory nerve.
Then people that do not use -- I hate -- IE we know that.
You -- is described almost all of us some of them are we looking potentially at an epidemic of brain cancer.
That's what our concern -- and rather than repeat the dangers that we.
Of the problems that we had with smoking and lung cancer.
We feel -- Those of us in the public health community.
That at least we need to send the message out now.
You can't walk down the street without seeing every ten year old on this -- It's a status symbol it's something that's cool.
And kids are spending enormous times on cell -- It's really the -- -- drain yet because their brains developing.
Their brains developing but also the brain is smaller and therefore the exposure to the child's brain is greater than that is an an adult brain.
Doctor we just have about thirty seconds left but what do you suggest that people do with cellphones are not going away we're also tied to them how do we use and safely and you basically say don't have -- kids use an analyst -- an emergency but but for adults how to use them.
Well use the land line when you can't.
When you use a cell phone get the the generator away from your body just a little waves will make along -- a lot of difference.
I don't use cell phones when you can use the land -- respect the fact that radio frequency radiation may cause very serious disease.
It's -- doctor David carpenter university of Albany very interesting stuff today -- thank you.
Of course all of our kids wanted cellphones and they all have them and they'll use them and now I'm thinking.
Battle gets your attention and I will you know they have said that in the past if you listen closely when the studies -- they say there's no direct link for years is -- directly but.
At the bottom of the study they always say you know what you should probably do is use the earpiece and keep them away from your body.
And now it sounds like some of these doctors anywhere now -- to coalesce around the argument that.
The better be safe than sorry and they haven't been around that long really aren't.
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