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iPhone 4S three times more likely to give you cancer than the Galaxy S3, according to safety specialists

The portfolio of cancer-inducing habits and substances seems to expand by the day, with one scare-mongering British daily newspaper in particular venturing (opens in new tab) that everything from flip-flops to potatoes and crayons could up your risk of contracting the frequently deadly condition.

(opens in new tab)According to a new infographic from radiation safety experts Tawkon (bottom), you can now add your iPhone to the threat list. The data shows Apple's present flagship smartphone, the iPhone 4S, to have the second highest specific absorption rate (SAR) - that's the measurement used to convey how much radiation your body is absorbing - of the devices investigated.

The 4S clocked in with a SAR level of 1.11 watts per kilogram (w/kg), with only the BlackBerry Bold 9700 faring worse at 1.37w/kg.

In fairness, both phones are still below the maximum levels recommended by various regulatory bodies. In Europe, 2w/kg is cited as the most radiation you should exposure yourself to, while America's Federal Communications Commission is more cautious, venturing a a 1.6w/kg guideline.

Still, Apple is likely to be far from pleased with the latest findings: not long ago, the company removed Tawkon's radiation measuring app from its App Store, presumably because it failed to show the iPhone in a positive light. Worse still for the Cupertino-based tech giant, bitter rival Samsung fare very well according to the infographic.

Smartphone enthusiasts who want to play it safe on the radiation front will find that the Korean company's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S3, is the least harmful mobile, emitting a relatively minuscule 0.34w/kg - which sounds roughly on par with eating a bag of chips, in our opinion.

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.