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Do you believe that long-term cell phone use can cause cancer?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 24, 2008

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“I think there is a high probability that is the case.”

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“No, I think there would be a lot more people developing cancer if cell phones were really causing it.”

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“I believe it’s a wives’ tale that moms made up to keep their daughters from asking for cell phones.”

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“There is no way anyone can tell at this point. Cell phone usage has increased steadily since ‘88, but you don’t see the same trend with cancer rates. The problem is that it could take a long time to cause people cancer, so we won’t really know until later on.”

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks lab! Good to know. I'd hate to lose my number if I have to switch, everyone says I have a kickin' number.Any Ottawa or Emporia Verizon users out there?

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labmonkey 5 years, 8 months ago

Multi-I have T-mobile I bought when I was in Emporia (I kept my number) and I liked it. T-mobile will answer the phone quickly with an AMERICAN HUMAN instead of many automated menus and outsourced help. I highly recommend T-mobile.For the question in general, if it gets people to quit usuing them in cars, in the gym (I don't need to hear baby-daddy drama when I am on the treadmill...or ever for that matter), in the line at the store, and pretty much everywhere else in this rude society, then yes, it causes brain cancer, impotence, hangnails and funds terrorism. Not to mention, every time you send a text message, and angel DIES!!!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

Sage, Are you using one of those new natural gas or oxygen models?;)

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Sagecasey 5 years, 8 months ago

Only if you are smoking when you are using a cell phone

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spiderman 5 years, 8 months ago

YES just check the statistics on REALTORS !

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

lol R_IA little late to ask this question. How is everyone's cell coverage in Ottawa or Emporia?Like, what company works well there and which don't.If you have a contact there that wouldn't mind some email questions, let me know!Thanks.

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Aiko 5 years, 8 months ago

What about the "big" Red Bull cancer scare years ago?

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

ohjayhawk~ Good point! Maybe a nice plastic cover should go over the lead one. At this rate, we'll cure both a** cancer and compulsive yak syndrome, as the phone will become impossible to use. Can't wait to receive your donation once your Nigerian funds clear. Be thinking about what T-shirt you want.woodenfleaeater~ Hmmmm... I believe that would entail limboing backward toward the toilet seat while shimmying those pants down. You try that and tell us how it goes! But, please--no YouTube videos of the process. By the way, are you a wooden (flea eater) or a (wooden flea) eater? MD~ To my knowledge, I don't know your daughter, but mine just turned 18, so I know we'd have a lot to commiserate over. I'll check PMs later--something I would never think to do ordinarily, but I know there will be PILES of CRACK donations there today.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm thinkin maybe the Psoriasis Society may already have protected rights to the word 'crack' on a t-shirt. They're looking for funds too.Better watch it before you turn that order into Joe College for printing. ;)http://www.psoriasissociety.org/walk.htm

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks, Bea! Your receipt will be sent as soon as you choose which Mogul-Level T-shirt you'd prefer:"CRACK saves Aes""Shove Dollars Into CRACK 'til it Hurts!""It's Your A---It's Your CRACK! Donate today!""Assert Yourself--Support CRACK Now!"Take a CRACK at Can Cancer!"or supply the slogan of your choice. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. Colors: Mahogany, Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Mocha, White Whale, Blossom Pink, Rosy Red, Royal Flush.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

You've just written something very funny, I'll have to PM you! Do you know my daughter? lol.As a child, she lived by the amazing things 'mom' knew.At about 17, 'mom knew nothing worth knowing'. To this day, even when she's in trouble and is asking for help, she poo-poos anything I suggest unless she has already thought of it. All she wants is cash to do what she wants.(FYI, She no longer gets it)

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 8 months ago

Pywacket - If that happened putting your phone in your back pocket, what does it mean when you keep one in your front pocket?

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ohjayhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

"But don't forget to have her send $$ to CRACK-and to encase her cell phone in lead, just in case."So, if the a** cancer doesn't get you, the lead poisoning will? ;-)I will be sending my contribution to CRACK as soon as the money from the nice exiled prince from some African nation hits my account... should be any day now...

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

MD~ She just needs to slink those pants down a few inches ahead of the throne, then back gracefully to the seat. As an older, more experienced woman, you should be teaching her this stuff. ;-) I've never dropped mine in. Give her time--she'll learn to get her slink on. But don't forget to have her send $$ to CRACK--and to encase her cell phone in lead, just in case.

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beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey Py, here is my credit card number: * **, expiration date 8/12. Thanks for providing the encoded safety feature. You "crack" me up.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

Gotta watch those back pockets. My adult daughter did that, and it has fallen into the toilet twice.Not once but twice.Do you suppose this has taught her to find a new place to carry the phone?Not sure, but I myself would not put money on it.

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh, no!! Mine mostly resides in the back pocket of my jeans or shorts. Does this mean that I will get a cancer in 20 years or so? Will there be a cure for a cancer by then?I'm going to start the Cure Rampant A Cancer Keogh (CRACK) right now, just as a precaution. PM me with your credit card info and I'll take care of your tax-deductible donation for you. Support CRACK and save your a!!

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northtown 5 years, 8 months ago

I thought they caused automobile accidents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ban the use of them in cars now!!!!!!!!!!

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 8 months ago

I believe that cell phones can cause unattentive driving syndrome, rear ending syndrome and bad grocery cart pushing syndrome. As for the cancer, only time will tell. As for myself, I don't own a cell phone. I would consider owning one if they came out w/ one that could only be used to dial 911.

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beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Four out of five doctors prefer Nokia Wireless!Who cares what the average person "thinks" will cause cancer. Either it does or it doesn't. Even if it does cause cancer in some people, more people are likely to die or be killed because of phone use while driving. The good news -- death by car accident cures brain cancer. "This just in .... Saliva causes cancer! But, only when swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time." -- the late, great George Carlin

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

lolEasy, thanks for the countertop link, that's just wow!If you guys use the Reynolds "Release" foil, you can protect your brain and cook your crab cakes with no fear of sticking and tearing! Although I imagine it might get a little bit iritating, having all those people coming really close to your head to see what embossed on your foil. They would probably not notice you otherwise.Does foil increase signal outside of Lawrence?

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acg 5 years, 8 months ago

I sure hope not. But then again, as someone pointed out above, everything causes cancer so why would I stress cell phones?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 8 months ago

prospector,I am more likely to believe that arthropods are an ingredient in crab cakes.

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JSDAD 5 years, 8 months ago

the new cigerette, i dont care if they could figure out how to inject nicotine through the ear piece

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consumer1 5 years, 8 months ago

I believe believing cell phone can cause drain bramage is un-believeable.

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toe 5 years, 8 months ago

Cell phone are far more damaging to you wallet.

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prospector 5 years, 8 months ago

I am more likely to believe that ipods will cause hearing damage.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 8 months ago

No, but I do believe long-term cell phone use can cause insanity. Or a headache. Same thing, really.

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 8 months ago

They certainly will kill a great deal of your time. Most cell phone conversation by teens must go.... "what are you doing?, Not much what are you doing?, What do you want to do?, I don't know what do you want to do?........"I also see your choice of counter tops can be deadly, - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/garden/24granite.html?no_interstitial

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ohjayhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

I thought it was invented for hockey thugs.

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Das_Ubermime 5 years, 8 months ago

"What do you think they invented tinfoil for?"Frozen pizzas?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 8 months ago

Damn bunch of PBS watching ninnies...What do you think they invented tinfoil for?

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Das_Ubermime 5 years, 8 months ago

Probably not as likely as standing in the full sun during the summer while talking to a reporter.

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autie 5 years, 8 months ago

so what doesn't cause cancer in this day and age? cellphones more likely will lead to carpal tunnel syndrome

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, of course, I'm secretly a super genius with special knowledge about everything. What a dumb question LJW! You might as will ask how I feel about it, either way (how I think or feel) its meaningless.

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Say_no_to_energy 5 years, 8 months ago

Michelle, you are wise beyond your years!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, but only when it bites you in the face during mating .(Those sneaky little devils)

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macon47 5 years, 8 months ago

always wear your tinfoil hat when you talk on a cell phone

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jonas 5 years, 8 months ago

Probably not cancer, but I think they fund terrorism. Every time you send a text page, kids, every time!

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