• Question: can phone radiation give you cancer

    Asked by genius to Mario, Alexis, Dr D on 27 Jun 2013. This question was also asked by tomwalker529.
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      Mario Ruiz answered on 27 Jun 2013:

      Radiation can produce mutations in our DNA, wich means that the genetic information is altered and our cells can start misbehaving and generate cancer. However, phone radiation is very very weak, and mutations due to this are very very small, so the answer is 99.99% no. A mixture of factors can give rise to cancer, and phone radiation could be one, but most probably the least important!

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      Alexis Barr answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      Mario has answered this already. There was a big study done recently in Scandinavia and it seems that no it can’t.

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      Andrew Devitt answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      It’s a real problem work this out. Some things in life have a tiny tiny tiny effect to cause a disease and so you can’t tell if it causes a disease unless you do an enormous study. The radiation with phones is likely to be very weak and so doesn’t drive cancer as strongly as sunlight for example.

      I think that the evidence is telling us that phones are pretty safe