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A Scary New Study Links Cell Phones And Cancer.



Maybe it’s worth using a headset. But if cell phones are actually causing any cancer, it’s a very rare thing. (Shutterstock)

A new study of rats and mice, funded by the government, links cell phones and cancer. “It’s the moment we’ve been dreading,” exclaims Mother Jones .

“If you’re really concerned, wear a headset, and the concern basically goes away,” says Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Brawley also emphasizes that if there is a risk from cell phones, it’s likely to be small. Some big studies of humans have seemed to show a risk. If there is a risk, he guesses that the chances of getting glioma or schwannoma are increased by at most 20% to 40%. That may sound like a lot, until you consider that ******* increases your risk of lung cancer by 1,000%, or ten-fold, and similarly boosts risk of heart disease. Cell phones would be more like occasionally eating red meat.
So while this may be a public health concern because regulators should try to minimize the overall risk of cancer, the risks to any individual person are low.

So, yes, it is possible cell phones cause some rare cancers. Maybe it’s worth using a headset. But also keep in perspective that if cell phones are causing any cancer, it’s a rare thing, and probably not even the biggest carcinogen you’re encountering in your daily life. It must be balanced against the benefits of cell phones – like being able to call for medical help when you need it.


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