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Do Cell phones Increase the Risk of Brain Cancer?



Reported by: Richard Schlesinger

Many cell phone users have questioned the health risks of using their phones regularly. Everyone knows that cell phones pose a risk on the road, however, do they increase rates of cancer?

Several recently completed studies show that cell phone use doesn’t increase brain cancer. Dr. Mark Malcan of New York’s Memorial Slone Catern Cancer Center conducted a study including about 900 patients. Half of which had brain tumors; half of which who didn’t. Dr. Malcan reported that those who had brain tumors used their cell phones as much as those minus the tumors.

Another report by the National Cancer Institute states that cell phones are safer than some people think.

However, there are those who think differently.

Dr. George Carlo, author of Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, disagrees with the reports. Dr. Carlo ran the major research arm of the cell phone industry. He states that early versions of some studies show clear evidence of the increase of the cancer risk.

Both doctors believe in one thing. Both doctors call for more long term studies on the effects of cell phones. Both doctors say that there have only been studies conducted over a few years; studies that cover 4, 6, 8, 10, 20 or more years. Because of this, no one knows what the long term effects of cell phone use for future generations.

Taken from CBS Evening News Report: Cellphones- 12/19/00 Typed 12/20/00 by Ronald Roberts.

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