Think carefully about your mobile usage ; Letters [Western Daily Press (UK)]
(Western Daily Press (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) There have been countless studies looking at the effects of mobile phones, on everything from fertility to cancer risk. I ask should we be concerned? The World Health Organisation recently urged mobile phone users to limit their usage, admitting mobiles may increase your risk of brain cancer.
Alasdair Philips from Powerwatch, an independent organisation that has examined the effect of mobiles on health for 20 years, says he believes there is an association between mobile use and brain tumours. But brain tumours take a long time to develop and diagnose, so we may have a smoking gun situation whereby we won't know the full effects for years.
There is plenty we can do to make mobiles safer, such as using hands-free sets and texting where possible. Lots of people use a hands-free set, then hold the phone to their stomach, which defeats the point. Both hands-free and texting enormously reduce your exposure to radiation. When you move around while using your phone it emits more radiation to keep track of you, so keep still. It has been pointed out that newer smart phones don't emit more radiation than standard handsets for calls, however radiation levels increase when you use them to browse the internet. As for children using mobiles, I despair because their skulls are thinner. Encourage them to text instead of making calls. D F Courtney Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
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