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Many people are worried about radiation emitted from mobile phones, but because there has been no conclusive evidence to state the dangers, no official health warnings are made. And if they are, they are often ignored as phone manuals and safety guidelines are often ignored, flicked through or kept so that the user can sell mobile phone will all accessories intact once the contract has expired.

In a report for the San Jose Mercury News, journalist Chris O’Brien questioned the impact mobile phone usage can have and gave the example of Lafayette resident Alan Marks who suffered a severe seizure as a result of a golf-sized brain tumour that caused personality changes. Marks had been using his mobile phone for two decades and the location of the tumour was where he had been pressing his handset.

Although there is a vague awareness about the dangers of phone radiation, no official warnings have been made. However, when looking through the safety and product booklet of his Blackberry Curve 8310, O’Brien found the following statement in a section about radiation: "Keep the device at least 0.98 inches (25 mm) away from your body when the BlackBerry device is turned on and connected to a wireless network."

O’Brien asks: “If cell phones are safe, why do I need to hold it away from my body?” to which epidemiologist Devra Davis, a visiting professor at Harvard University and author of the book ‘Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How To Protect Your Family’ answers: "Cell phones are small microwave radios. And you don't want to hold a small microwave radio next to your head."

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