Everyone should keep calls as short as possible – Health experts warn!

Cell phones can have adverse effect on its users if not properly utilized or handled. Exposure to radiation of cell phone is associated with several health hazards. Health experts has warned cell phone users to be more carefully with the use of mobile phones.
Mobile phones have been linked to a rare form of eye cancer. A
German study suggests that regular use of cellphones could lead to an
increased risk of contracting uveal melanoma, in which tumours form in
the layer that makes up the iris and base of the retina.
The cancer affects just a few in every 100,000 people but the study
comes on top of many other conflicting claims about the dangers of
mobile phones.
A report commissioned by the British Government last year said
that, despite the widespread fears, no conclusive links with cancer had
been proven.
Conversely, because there was also no proof that the phones were
safe, it recommended that use by children, at least, should be limited.
The German study, to be published this month in the journal
Epidemiology, follows research among 118 patients with the eye cancer.
Dr Andreas Stang of the University of Essen, who led the team, cautioned that it needed confirmation.
The researchers were unable to measure how much radiation the study
volunteers had been exposed to, limiting the significance that could be
placed on the findings.
Critics claimed this meant the data was fundamentally flawed.
Neverthless, it will still cause concern within the mobile phone
industry which is currently facing multi-billion dollar lawsuits from
customers in the U.S. who claim they have contracted brain tumours.
However, a new American study has found no evidence that the phones
can trigger such tumours. Experts who questioned almost 500 people with
brain cancers discovered they had not used mobiles any more frequently
than a similar number who had remained healthy.
But they admitted the study could not answer the question of whether there is any risk from long-term use.
The scientists said further research was required as they were
looking at people who has mostly used mobile phones for a relatively
short period of time – two to three years.
Dr Joshua Muscat, an epidemiologist at the American Health Foundation, who led the study, said: ‘The
data showed no correlation between the use of cellphones and the
development of brain cancer. In addition, there was no association
between the amount of cellphone usage and brain cancer.’
New Department of Health leaflets advise potential phone buyers to
consider the SAR rate – the rate at which radiation is absorbed into the
body – when making their choice.
Children under 16 should be ‘strongly’ discouraged from using
mobiles for non-essential calls and everyone should keep calls as short
as possible.
Youngsters are thought to be particularly at risk from any
potential health hazards because they have thinner skulls and their
immune system is still developing.
Source: Dailymail

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