News that exposure to the phones' radio frequency and electromagnetic fields may put consumers at an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, will likely have panicked users reaching for their land lines.
While there no direct evidence that cell phones will give you cancer, there are proven way to help you reduce your risk:
If you're going to talk on your cell phone, go hands free.
These devices emit far less radiation than the actual phone, according to the Environmental Working Group. If you're alone, you could also use the phone's speaker mode.
Got a weak signal? While it seems counterintuitive, that's the time when radiation is the strongest. The fewer bars you have, the more important it is to wear that headset.
Like to talk on your cell phone while you drive? Be aware that your iPhone may be more dangerous while you're in the car. The reason? While your phone is searching hard for a signal, it's emitting more radiation.
We've all become used to having our phones within a moment's grasp. But think twice before you keep it in your pocket or on your belt, right next to your body while you're chatting, advises the environmental group.
Little kids shouldn't talk on cell phones for more a few minutes – their brains absorb more radiation. Tell Grandma to call on the land line.
Some phones cause more radiation to be absorbed by the human body. Here are a few to consider avoiding, according to the group.
1. Motorola Bravo (MB520) AT&T 1.59 W/kg
2. Motorola Droid 2 GlobalVerizon Wireless *1.58 W/kg
3. Palm PixiSprint1.56 W/kg
4. Motorola Boost i335Boost Mobile 1.55 W/kg
5. Blackberry Bold 9700AT&T, T-Mobile1.55 W/kg
6.Motorola i335Sprint 1.55 W/kg
7. HTC Magic (T-Mobile myTouch 3G)T-Mobile 1.55 W/kg