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Lebanon
A 25-year-old male asked:

doctors say energy saving light bulb have mercury when we turn them on the mercury escape and mercury cause cancer is this true its offiicial?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I don't believe it: Fear of these new bulbs is being promoted by a right-wing news outlet. I've looked at this and decided that both the concerns about the tiny amounts of ultraviolet radiation and the possibility of contacting some mercury from a broken bulb are far less dangerous than exposures that we accept routinely. Eager to hear what others have to say.

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Lebanon
A 25-year-old male asked:

How to reduce energy saving bulbs that i don't get cancer my energy saving bulbs are in my fan that has energy saving bulbs in the top of the wall?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not very high risk: Yes they emit ultraviolet rays , but not same intensity as from sun, . You need to sit under the bulb several hrs and for many many days or years to have some potential effect to get skin cancers ( not other serious cancers ) which are curable. Worry about tons other ionizing radiation we are constantly bombarded by cell towers, high power lines satellites & so many remote control devices.
Lebanon
A 25-year-old male asked:

Iam siting on my bad far 220 CM from energy saving bulbs are iam save from geting cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes you are!: Bulbs are pretty safe. So you should not worry about something like this. There are lot more serious problems in our environment and diet that can be more harmful to your health. So focus on healthy eating, healthy weight and do exercise daily. This will likely keep you more healthy than anything else that you can do.
Lebanon
A 25-year-old male asked:

How much distance i must be far from energy saving bulbs so that i don't get cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No risk: Light bulb emissions are not known to be risk factors for cancer.
Lebanon
A 25-year-old male asked:

Its true energy saving light bulb have mercury when we turn them on the mercury escape and mercury cause cancer is this true its offiicial ?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, No, unknown but: Compact fluorescent bulb do contain mercury but mercury does not escape unless they are broken. It is not known if mercury causes cancer but it causes other serious problems. But mercury in the bulbs cause cancer-causing uv rays to be emitted from them. They're energy efficient but many react to the type of light emitted. Led's are a better choice. See http://bit.Ly/19kece3 ; http://bit.Ly/18b405m.

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