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Are Cell Phones Risky For Kids?

British Group Urges Caution Until More Health Studies Are Done

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"The data that they're referring to shows that there is no evidence that cell phone usage increases the incidence of brain tumors in adults," Steig tells WebMD.

The group's findings are also in line with the most recent report on cell phone safety from the FDA, which found that there was no scientific evidence to date that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or other hazardous health effects.

But Steig says studies on cell phone-related health risks simply haven't been done yet in children, so there's no evidence to support or contradict claims of any potential risk.

"One has to use common sense here," says Steig. "Cell phones have been in use for more than 20 years now, and the CDC has not noticed an increased incidence of cancers in children as a result and no correlation has been found with the use of cell phones."

"Reasonable use of cell phones for brief conversation and for scheduling of events for children is going to be safe," says Steig.

But aside from any potential, and yet unproven health risk, Steig says there are plenty of other reasons why children should limit their cell phone use.

"They should be exercising, doing their homework, and other constructive activities," says Steig.


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