Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A new study by the Environmental Health Trust indicates that children are more susceptible to cellphone radiation than their parents.
Testing found children absorbed twice as much radiation in their heads – up to three times as much in parts of the brain – and as much as 10 times more in their bone marrow when compared with adults.
Doctors say there’s no reason to become alarmed about the new findings. Dr. Michael Lax, who is also the medical director at Upstate CNY Occupational Health Clinical Centers, says the information is an important piece of a puzzle that’s still being put together.
“There’s that much that we know and (a lot) that we don’t know about it,” said Dr. Lax. “I think we’re still learning about the affects of this kind of radiation.”
There are two types of radiation. Doctors say ionizing radiation, which is used in X-rays, does increase the risk of cancer. But the verdict is still out on non-ionizing radiation, which is what’s used in cellphones.
“The main concern is that cellphones cause cancer, brain cancer specifically,” Lax said. “There are some studies that signal that that is in fact the case and some studies that say no, it’s not.”
Some studies claim the radiation has a more significant impact on kids and that they should be looked at more closely since they will be the first generation to experience a lifetime with cellphones.
“I think we have to assume it can be an issue and not just say we don’t know yet and don’t worry about it,” Lax said.
ABC Medical Director Dr. Timothy Besser also weighed in Monday. He says there is no link between cellphones and cancer, but if one has concerns there are easy steps to minimize exposure.
For example, you can hold the phone at a distance or use the speaker phone. Doctors say a Bluetooth device is also an option since it emits a much smaller dosage of radiation than a cellphone.
Doctors also say cell users are better off texting than talking because it keeps the radiation at a greater distance from the head.
Opponents of the Environmental Health Trust study say the testing was not extensive enough. They would like to see more research done. This study tested cellphones on mannequins, the size of which only represented a small portion of the population.
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