A British scientist is about to embark on the largest study performed to date on the effects of cell phone radiation on human health. Lawrie Challis, chairman of the British government-funded mobile telecommunications health research program, will monitor more than 200,000 long-term cell phone users for at least five years. He’ll be checking for signs of an increase in diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
It has long been suspected that prolonged cell phone use can increase the risk of brain cancer, but there are few conclusive studies to prove or disprove this theory. The studies have either been too short (it can take cancer more than a decade to develop) or they are unreliable because they were conducted by the cell phone industry itself.
It certainly makes sense that holding a radiation-emitting device to your head for several hours per week (or more) could have health consequences – but if you are not interested in testing it out on your brain, consider the use a hands-free headset. Not only will you reduce potential health risks, it is a lot more convenient to have your hands free while you talk. And if you use your phone while driving, having both hands free is the ONLY safe way to do so.