I recently started a thread on acceptable risk and it got me now to thinking of the issue of cell phones and cancer.
Since the data is still a bit murky when it comes to both the shorr-term and long-term cancer risks of cell phones, but since the “regulators that be” at least here in the U.S. seem to think that cell phone use is safe (with a few caveats?), should Catholics use cell phones? Or, only certain ones? The question comes down, again, to acceptable risk. Should Catholics (and, indeed, Christians, generally) use cell phones if there is even a potential risk of cancer when using cell phones?
If use is fine, then, what about placement? I have an iPhone 5 (internal antenna) and I use one of those belt-clip holsters (OtterBox) which, as some know, is placed quite close to the body (I happen to have it on my right side). I have it this close to me for convenience’s sake, so I can more quickly access it when I need it. Since, in most cases, the phone is not on an active call or internet work, but is, rather, at most, pinging the tower/doing updates here and there, is having my cell phone that close to me in a holster an acceptable thing do to? Theologically, is such a thing an acceptable risk? (Honestly, I don’t know if studies have even been done specifically addressing “non-active” cell phones on holsters close to the body, particualrly on women. So, if I don’t have knowledge in this area, is the risk still acceptable?)
Guys, I am not a scientist, so, as a non-scientist, what, in all these cases and generally, is an acceptable risk in Christian terms when it comes to cell phone use?