Cell Phone Radiation In Children
Are you concerned about the potential side effects of cell phone radiation in children? With the increasing frequency and regularity of cell phone use and increasing attention on the link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors, it’s no wonder you’re worried about its effects on kids. Children may be at higher risk for radiation side effects because of their less developed skulls. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (“AAP”) recently called for a review of cell phone radiation standards for kids.
Given the wave of recent studies indicating that cell phones put kids at an increased risk for developing harmful radiation side effects, the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are offering free case evaluations to adults and kids who developed glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma or tumors of the salivary glands due to cell phone radiation exposure.
Dangers Of Cell Phone Radiation Include Possible Brain Tumors
Cell phone radiation is measured by the specific absorption rate (“SAR”), which measures the amount of radiofrequency (“RF”) energy emitted by a cellular device. The FCC current guidelines set the maximum SAR level to be 1.6 watts per kilogram. The standard was set in 1996 and hasn’t been evaluated since, despite changing technology and increasing frequency of cell phone use. In June 2012, the FCC submitted a proposal to reevaluate cell phone radiation emission standards for the first time in 18 years. The proposal also included determining whether radiation standards should be adjusted for devices used mostly by kids.
In fact, a study published in October 2011 suggested that even the original SAR standards set may be too high for an average cell phone user. SAR testing is conducted by researchers using a mannequin that is modeled after an adult male of above average weight and height with a cell phone held one inch from the ear. The majority of cell phone users doesn’t fit this profile and may be exposed to greater amounts of radiation, which may lead developing certain kinds of brain tumors. Children, with their less developed and thinner skulls, may be even more vulnerable to the side effects of cell phone radiation.
Experts Believe Kids Are More Susceptible to Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation
AAP President Dr. Robert Block told Time Healthland, “Children…are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. In fact, according to [the International Agency for Research on Cancer], when used by children, the average RF energy deposition is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults.”
The AAP is not recommending a specific SAR standard. Dr. Jerome Paulson, chair of the AAP’s council on environmental health and a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said: “We don’t have any preconceived notions about how much is too much, but we know in general that children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards.”
Given the prior research that demonstrated a link between cell phones and certain types of brain tumors, any amount of cell phone radiation in children is worrisome when considering its possible consequences.
Studies Show Cell Phone Radiation Linked To Certain Types Of Brain Cancer
In May 2011, the World Health Organization classified cell phones as possibly cancer causing. Prior studies showed that prolonged cell phone radiation exposure put individuals at increased risks for glioma, a form of brain cancer, acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain, and meningioma, a tumor that grows on the lawyer of tissue that covers the brain and the spine.
The most expansive study on cell phone and cancer, conducted in 2008, found that the heaviest group of cell phone users had a doubled risk of developing glioma. The study has been criticized for discounting factors such as the slow manifestation of brain tumors and not including children and young adults. Despite its flaws, the study still found a link between cell phones and brain cancer. Other, independently funded studies have found similar results, with long-term cell phone use correlating to an increased risk of developing certain types of brain tumors.
Contact A Cell Phone Radiation Lawyer If You’re Concerned About Cell Phone Radiation Side Effects On Children
If you’re concerned about cell phone radiation side effects on you or your children, there are ways to minimalize cell phone radiation exposure, such as using a hands free device, texting rather than calling, and holding the phone further away from your head. Doctors also advise pregnant women to avoid carrying cell phones in pockets near their abdomen. These precautions should help alleviate some of the cell phone radiation dangers.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently a part of a small group of law firms leading lawsuits against cell phone manufacturers on behalf of individuals who experienced cell phone side effects. If you have used a cell phone for significant time periods for more than seven years, and developed a form of brain tumor such as glioma, acoustic neuroma, or meningioma, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Contact us for a free case review: call toll-free: 1.877.779.1414.