"FCC Test to Measure Cellphone Radiation Flawed, Group Says"

"A government test used to measure the radiation people absorb from their cellphones might underestimate the levels to which most adults and children are exposed, according to a group of doctors and researchers whose stated mission is to promote awareness of environmental health risks they believe may be linked to cancer."

"Researchers from the Environmental Health Trust released a report this morning noting that the Federal Communications Commission test to determine radiation exposure is flawed.

The reason for the discrepancy, the group says, is that the process to determine radiation exposure from cellphones involves the use of a mannequin model that they say approximates a 6-foot-2, 220-pound person. Because the model represents only about 3 percent of the population, the authors report, the test will not accurately predict the radiation exposure of the other 97 percent of the population, including children. The group is pushing for a new testing system to measure radiation exposure in a wider range of consumers.

'The standard for cellphones has been developed based on old science and old models and old assumptions about how we use cellphones, and that's why they need to change,' said Dr. Devra Davis, former senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration and one of the report's authors."

Dan Childs and Dr. Nafis Ahmed report for ABC News October 17, 2011.


"Health Canada Issues Warning About Cellphone Radiation" (Macleans)

"Report Claims FCC Underestimates Cellphone Radiation Dose" (FairWarning)

"WHO: Cell Phone Use Can Increase Possible Cancer Risk" (CNN)

Source: ABC News, 10/18/2011