Study: Cell phones might be deadly

Jun 28, 2011

Study may link cell phones to cancer

For anyone that thinks they are too young to need life insurance, the number of hours spent talking on a cell phone could drastically alter that perspective. A study done by the World Health Organization has found that radiation from these devices may cause cancer.

The WHO has decided to list mobile phone use in the same carcinogenic category as lead and chloroform. However, they have not been able to link cell phones to cancers other than noting an increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer in cell users.

"The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences," Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told CNN.

The radiation that comes out of mobile phones is similar to that of a low-powered microwave oven. So, in a sense, this type of radiation could be microwaving the brain, according to Dr. Black. This may mean phones are not just causing cancer, they could also affect cognitive memory function, the doctor said.

The wireless industry refutes these claims.  

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