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Show Of Hands September 10th, 2012 12:00am

If it were determined that frequently carrying a smart phone (regardless of its shielding or casing) increased your likelihood of cancer by 1%, what would you do?

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09/18/12 7:54 am

yeah pretty sure it's more than 1%, wouldn't be surprised to hear it's more like 15-20%. Still rolling the dice

09/16/12 5:57 am

Keep my iPhone ;) it's only 1%
What doesn't give you cancer now days

shefjr New York
09/14/12 9:29 am

I would love a justifiable reason to adios my phone. Going electronic free is great!

FearToFall what is this for
09/13/12 2:21 am

I keep it in the very front of my backpack. I think I'm okay.

...'cept, I don't own a smart phone, LOL.

/on iPod Touch

09/12/12 8:33 pm

They probably do so I'll get ovary cancer since its always in my pocket!

09/12/12 4:10 pm

I'm not on the phone that much...

09/12/12 3:23 pm

Having a phone with you at all times will probably save your life more than one less percent of cancer risk.

kittylover Florida
09/12/12 3:08 pm

We don't get cancer in my family (our immune systems are too overactive for that). So I doubt a cell phone would hurt

09/12/12 8:26 am

I think just breathing increases the likelihood of cancer by 30%

EarlyBird Portland
09/12/12 7:01 am

I'm amazed that 16% would actually give up their phones. For 1% risk?!?

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
09/11/12 11:22 pm

I'm a very high risk for breast cancer. Other than avoiding soy I just live life. I'd keep my iPhone.

09/11/12 9:37 pm

"stopped using phone, died of loneliness"

thejobsian Virginia
09/11/12 6:26 pm

RF is non-ionizing and effects on the human body are thermal. Meaning you could possibly have a hand warming device or a phone that can fry an egg on the screen. Then you'd have a mess. Heh.

lilraerae Tuscaloosa
09/11/12 6:25 pm

Just about everything is said to give you cancer. I think I would risk it cause eventually everyone dies anyways.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/11/12 6:07 pm

The American Cancer Society pegs the risk of developing cancer as 1 in 2 for males and 1 in 3 for females; the risk of dying from cancer as 1 in 4 for males and 1 in 5 for females. The one percent doesn't change the takeaway - There's a good chance I'll get it, but a better chance it won't kill me.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
09/11/12 5:47 pm

I think the risk of getting distracted while driving is probably greater than the risk of cancer. That is just my intuition speaking...

JaquesV Bentonville, AR
09/11/12 4:41 pm

Breathing has a greater than 1% chance of giving you cancer...

EarlyBird Portland
09/11/12 4:28 pm

We all are going to die.
You can't life your life afraid of everything.
Wouldn't you rather live a like full of love, adventure and happiness even if you lose a year. It's much better than being suspicious of everything and worrying all the time.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
09/11/12 4:08 pm

iwishyou...edlife, most people that think cell phones cause cancer, think that it's the microwave emissions, not a carcinogenic material.

iwishyoulovedlife Cruithne, the second moon
09/11/12 4:03 pm

To me, it's not about me. If they cause a higher percentage of cancer chance, then they have cancerous materials which means that tons of people in China are working with it in high amounts. That could kill hundreds of thousands of people. Maybe even millions

lmurder MDK
09/11/12 4:03 pm

I just heard Cheryl Crow thinks she got cancer from her phone...hahaha bet it's in her family genes.

donyewest Georgia
09/11/12 3:51 pm

Everything gives you cancer. You need vitamin D from the sun but that gives you cancer, the air is full of pollutants that cause cancer but you have to breathe...humans aren't built to live for many years and that's the reason bodily processes begin to malfunction: cancer.

dmob Earth
09/11/12 3:33 pm

Hardly use the extra features of a smart phone, so I could deal with a basic cell phone

Planoneck Guam
09/11/12 2:53 pm

Don't have a smartphone. If tablets are included, though, I'm taking my chances.

BryanK OK
09/11/12 2:10 pm

I smoke I'm choosing smart phone.

09/11/12 1:52 pm

Sweetness/newguy: I see what you're saying, and you're right, but I'm reading this question differently. I'm assuming a 1% increase in baseline chance, not a 1% increase in an existing variable...without defining that variable, I don't see how you can answer the question that way, but whatever....

09/11/12 1:12 pm

I'll take the increase in chance. You need a phone for driving/ traveling.

09/11/12 12:28 pm

Die iacta est. "The die is cast"

cowboy Dog Father
09/11/12 12:24 pm

We are surrounded by wifi. Getting rid of your phone won't lower the risk at all.

not_even Boston, MA
09/11/12 12:02 pm

First off I don't have a smartphone. Secondly, what doesn't cause cancer nowadays?

09/11/12 11:07 am

Sheryl Crow, you are in denial.

09/11/12 9:53 am

@jimmyjelly he may of gotten a genetic profile of his bone marrow and saw that he doesn't have any of the 6 precursors required to cause a cell to become cancerous

09/11/12 8:33 am

Since my family have a history of cancer, then I would just roll the dice since I'm positive that I also will get cancer.

lmurder MDK
09/11/12 8:28 am

Roll the dice, don't thick twice
Let's get together and melt the ice
Let's take a chance, let's explore romance
We'll be rolling double 7

09/11/12 8:16 am

You know what he means.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/11/12 8:04 am

If the negligible risk increases BY 1%, it's still so small as to remain negligible. If the currently, effectively zero, risk increases TO 1% it would be significant - about the same increased lifetime risk as a reformed smoker that quit after 25 years. But, you might get hit by a bus, so meh.

Daveo5 Texas
09/11/12 8:01 am

Who cares. Like people are going to stop using their phones. Right and I suppose we will all be subsistence farmers and ride communal bikes in our Utopias.

sweetnes34 Outta Phucks
09/11/12 7:57 am

Happy I think he agrees with newguy. He's laughing at the know it alls who think his math is incorrect

jimmyjelly BFE, PA
09/11/12 7:45 am

I just wondered how he knows e has a 1% chance of getting cancer.

Happy Hong Kong
09/11/12 7:31 am

@DaPlaya: Newguy's math is correct. I wonder if Tony will address this in Stats4Noobs3?

EarlyBird Portland
09/11/12 6:52 am

Interesting age results. Why would older people be most afraid of their phones?

09/11/12 6:42 am

Haha you guys should check out newguys comment... I was also surprised how many people disagreed with him

gonzoboy Northern AZ
09/11/12 6:17 am

I can see it now. I ditch my cell, but end up getting second-hand cancer from being around everyone else who decided to keep theirs!

hippiedude fields of green
09/11/12 6:06 am

Ill use my iphone and to help cure my cancer Im getting, I'll smoke weed :)

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
09/11/12 6:04 am

I'm already rolling the dice driving. You can die from anything.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
09/11/12 6:00 am

I already have pretty strong cancer genes in my family, as 3 of my 4 grandparents had cancer of one form or another. I'll go ahead and take the increased risks of smartphone use since I'm likely to have cancer someday anyway.