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Radio frequency energy from cell phones could be linked to an increased risk of cancer, studies have shown. Holding or using the phones too close to the body has been linked to a potential risk of brain tumors, breast cancer and infertility.
STATUS OF CELL PHONE CANCER LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are continuing to review and evaluate whether financial compensation may be available through cell phone lawsuits on behalf of individuals diagnosed with brain cancer or other injuries that may be associated with significant use of mobile phones in close proximity to the body.
OVERVIEW: Cell phones are used by more than 5 billion people worldwide and there has been long debate and concerns about the potential radiation side effects from cell phones.
The World Health Organization recently classified cell phone energy emissions as a possible carcinogen, which is the same category as engine exhaust and the pesticide DDT.
Research has suggested that cell phone radiation may cause or contribute to a number of serious and potentially life threateining injuries, including:
- Brain Tumors
- Breast Cancer
- Male Infertility
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Salivary Gland Tumors
CELL PHONE RADIATION CANCER WARNINGS: Although most consumers are not aware, the vast majority of cell phones sold contain warnings about the potential cell phone radiation risks.
These warnings indicate that consumers should not hold the devices for prolonged periods of time within 10 mm of the body, or about a half-inch.
Despite the serious cancer risks that may be associated with failing to adhere to these warnings, the manufacturers have buried the information deep within the instruction manuals or within lengthy disclaimers contained in the settings menu.
Many consumer advocacy groups are calling for much stronger warnings about the risk of brain tumors and other injuries from cell phone radiation, indicating that manufacturers must do more to educate consumers and ensure that they are aware of the risk.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set a standard limit, known as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for safe exposure to radiofrequencies from cell phones which all manufacturers must meet.
In March 2013, the FCC announced it was re-examining potential cell phone radiation risks. The last review had been conducted in 1996. Since then, use of cell phones, and the variety of phones available, have skyrocketed worldwide.
In September 2015, a federal judge upheld an ordinance in Berkeley, California that requires cell phone companies and retailers to place visible radiofrequency (RF) warning stickers on wireless phones.