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Cell phone-cancer link inconclusive, but experts advise caution/ Top 20 Highest Radiation Cell Phone

Posted: September 14th, 2009 06:49 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The science is still out, but evidence so far indicates people should limit how much we use a cell phone, BlackBerry or iPhone due to a possible cancer risk, a Senate subcommittee heard Monday.
While no solid connection between mobile communications devices and human cancer has been established, studies indicating the likelihood of such a link call for a precautionary approach, medical experts testified at the hearing chaired by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.
Recommendations included using such devices less, keeping them away from the body, and limiting their use by children.
"Children have a configuration of their skull that does allow penetration of cell-phone radiation," noted Dr. John Bucher, associate director of the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health.
However, Bucher stopped short of declaring a causal link between cell-phone use and human cancer.

Other witnesses before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee noted the relatively short history of widespread cell-phone use, dating back only two d ecades.
Early studies are inconclusive, said Dr. Siegal Sadetzki of Tel Aviv University, but those done on subjects after 10 years of cell-phone use were showing higher incidences of tumors and other problems.
She cited a correlation between the amount of use, the side of the head where the device was held for talking, and incidences o f tumors in salivary glands in that area.
"Until definite answers are available, some public health measures — especially for children — should be instituted," Sadetzki said. "It's not whether we should use cell phones, but how we should use them."
None of the participants in the hearing — including Harkin — said they were giving up their cell phones, but all agreed that restricting use and keeping the units away from the body were good ideas.
Dr. Devra Davis — a founding director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute — criticized U.S. regulators and researchers for a lack of attention to the issue. She called for updated standards based on new research, and increased funding for more extensive research.
"I am not alarmed — I am concerned, because the world has changed very rapidly and we have a right to know," Davis said.
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shelly kalnitsky   September 14th, 2009 10:27 pm ET
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Cell phones are potentially very dang erous . go to with over 170 studies from around the world under world news and only 2 of the studies are from the USA. Children are at the greatest risk as their brain tissues are still developing. France has banned all advertising to children and England Sweden , Switzerland and Germany have restrictions on the age children can use cell phones NOT the USA.
Ted Kennedy`s `s death is connected to the cell phone as he had one of 3 types of tumors connected to cell phones, a glioma and did not know it.
20 highest-radiation cell phones (United States)
Editors' note: When a phone is discontinued by a manufacturer or a carrier, it will be removed from this chart.

  Manufacturer and model SAR level(digital)
1 Motorola V195s 1.6
2 Motorola Zine ZN5 1.59
2a Motorola Rival 1.59
4 Kyocera Jax S1300 1.55
4a Motorola VU204 1.55
6 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint) 1.54
6a RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (U.S. Cellular) 1.54
6b RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Verizon Wireless) 1.54
9 Nokia E71x 1.53
10 Pantech Matrix 1.52
11 LG Rumor 2 1.51
11a RIM BlackBerry Bold 1.51
13 HTC SMT5800 1.49
14 Sony Ericsson W350a 1.48
15 T-Mobile Dash 3G 1.47
16 Samsung Instinct 1.46
16a Samsung Spex SCH-R210 1.46
18 Kyocera X-tc 1.45
18a Motorola i576 1.45
18b Motorola Adventure V750 1.45
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