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Q&A with cancer expert on cell phone radiation story

The cell phone radiation story got quite a response. Please also check out the accompanying question and answer session with a cancer expert on the topic:

"Lacking conclusive evidence one way or the other, studies relating to cellphone safety are being hurled about frenetically as cellphones grow ever more powerful and pervasive," writes Cecilia Kang in her story today about the possible effects of cellphone radiation.

Dr. Ron Herberman, former director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, was online Tuesday to discuss the research into the effects of cellphone radiation on adults and children.

Q: Give it to me straight doc: Do we need to be worried about using our cellphones? What can we do to mitigate the risk of cancer?

A: Ron Herberman: The evidence is not definitive, but I believe there is sufficient basis for concern about possible risk for cancer, especially for children and for long term (more than 10 years), heavy users. There are quite straightforward ways to greatly reduce the possible risk for cancer: Avoid holding the phone directly against your ear, especially during a long conversation. Rather: use speaker mode or wear a wired earpiece; or text since that keeps the phone in your hand and away from your ear. Also, please note that it is not good to keep the cell phone, when turned on, in your pocket or anywhere else in direct contact with your body. Cell phones continuously receive and emit radiofrequency radiation, and long term exposure against your body can contribute to health risks.

For full transcript, read here.

By Cecilia Kang  |  June 30, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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