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Cancer Association of South Africa to expand its advisory on cellphone safety

Jul 8, 2014


The Cancer Association of South Africa plans to update its advice on cell phone use. The following is an excerpt from its current page: 

Because cell phones are held near the head when in use, the main concern has been whether they might cause or contribute to tumours in this area, including:

  • Malignant (cancerous) brain tumours such as gliomas
  • Non-cancerous tumours of the brain such as meningiomas
  • Non-cancerous tumours of the nerve connecting the brain to the ear (acoustic neuromas)
  • Non-cancerous tumours of the salivary glands

CANSA’s Advice:

We acknowledge the importance of cellphones in daily life, especially in emergencies and recommend the following precautions:

  • Limit the number and duration of calls
  • Use text messages when possible
  • Switch sides of the head when the call is long
  • Use hands-free kits or speaker phone mode to keep the phone at a distance from the head
  • Instruct children and teenagers to limit calls to emergencies only as they are more vulnerable to electro-magnetic radiation

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