It seems as if hardly a week goes by that we don’t see a newspaper article or hear a piece on the radio or TV about an environmental hazard and its possible effect on children’s health.

Recently, the risk of cancer from using cell phones has been in the news. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a group of experts last May to assess the evidence regarding radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and cancer. The experts classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Class 2B carcinogen (

Baan
R
, et al
Lancet Oncology
2011
;
12
:
624
-626
).

What does this mean, and what can parents do to protect their children?

Kids are exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields when using cell phones, cordless phones and amateur radios. In 2010, the number of mobile phone subscriptions was estimated at 5 billion globally (International Telecommunication Union. Mobile cellular subscriptions....

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