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Medical Can a cellphone in your pocket cause cancer?

  1. Aug 3, 2010 #1
    My mother has suggested that I quit carrying my cellphone in my pocket, because having it sit there all day by my leg could lead to a tumor. I can't say how plausible this is, so what better place to ask than PF? Again, my question is whether merely carrying your phone in your pocket could cause cancer. Thanks!
     
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  3. Aug 3, 2010 #2

    Evo

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    The answer is no.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2010 #3
    Thanks! So is it just not enough rems to do significant damage? I believe you, I'd just like to be able to explain to people why it's not dangerous.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2010 #4

    DaveC426913

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    We don't dispense medical advice here because of the liability issues. In a similar vein, are you sure you're comfortable taking responsibilty for DeuteriumDude's health?

    I suppose this could be generalized and bumped to Feedback Forums.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2010 #5
    The answer is still no.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2010 #6

    Evo

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    You're right. Ok, here's the current official concensus on wireless and cordless use.

     
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  8. Aug 3, 2010 #7

    Monique

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    To date there is no scientifically published research that definitively proves that cell phone use increases the risk of developing a tumor.
     
  9. Aug 3, 2010 #8
    Thanks everyone. Hope I haven't started an argument. I know now that there isn't much empirical evidence that cellphones can cause cancer. But I guess when I first posted this, I was thinking someone might happen to know how to calculate the radiation in rad or rem and be able to show that either this amount is harmful or is not harmful.

    I appreciate Evo's response, and don't worry, I certainly take responsibility for my own health.
     
  10. Aug 3, 2010 #9

    russ_watters

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    Since science does not deal in absolutes nor proofs of negatives, this standard disclaimer should always be assumed to apply, without the need to always repeat it.
     
  11. Aug 3, 2010 #10

    Evo

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    There is a lot of information at the link I posted. You might find what you are looking for. Jut start at the top.
     
  12. Aug 3, 2010 #11

    CRGreathouse

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    To date there is no published scientific research that proves that cell phone use decreases the risk of developing a tumor.
     
  13. Aug 3, 2010 #12
    That's an interesting way to put it! (Bold type mine.)
     
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