Cell phones and cancer Do cell-phones cause cancer ?

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Any long term exposure to the types of radiation that cell phones generate can't be good, but neither is sitting in the Sun for too long. Getting a tan and getting skin cancer aren't the same thing, but they are points on the continuum of sunlight exposure. I'm guessing cell phone exposure might have something analogous. It will be interesting to see if cancer rates located around the head and brain increase over time. When she was very little, I never let my daughter chat for any length of time on my cell phone, since her skull was much smaller than mine, and what radiation that would affect my skin and skull could quite likely penetrate further into her developing brain. Number 7's comment about microwaves makes a good point -- they may leak radiation, but is long term exposure harmful? Then again, anyone seen the youtube of the cell phones popping kernels of corn?

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I, too, have seen research on both sides. Personally, what I think is happening is that some researchers are simply looking for something to study. The areas which bring the most controversy take in quite a bit of research/grant money. If one were to wish to study something which would affect a lot of people, cell phones and cancer would be a good place to "stir the pot."

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Have you noticed all the disclaimers on products and cautions on medicine and other products?  In this litigious society, perhaps, it is necessary to keep everyone prepared to sue if something happens to them. At any rate, there is always much hype about products nowadays in America, home of more lawyers than the rest of the world.

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I agree with everything that has been posted so far.  Keep in mind also, that there was a time when microwaves were the hot "cancer-causing" agent.  Like most things, when a fad becomes big in a short amount of time, there will always be studies on how the fad could potentially be negative.  Cell-phones are certainly a booming commodity right now, so naturally the idea that they must in some way be harmful to our health is going to be a hot topic.

Rather than looking at cell phones as cancer-causing, there is probably more truth in looking at the rise of cell-phone caused automobile accidents and deaths.

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In the overall scheme of time, cellphones haven't been around for that many years. There hasn't been enough time gone by as yet for any final conclusions to be drawn in answer to that question. My totally unmedical guess is that there are so many other variables that could be connected to cellphone use as to make it quite difficult to draw direct connections between cellphone use and cancer.

If evidence is found to show conclusively that there are problems, it will be interesting to see how we as a society will respond.

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I agree with other editors, pointing to the fact that we have not seen a massive increase in cancer amongst cel phone users. This is the central weak point in the argument that use of cell phones does lead to cancer. However, I am sure that as technology increases and becomes more and more pervasive we will as a society continue to ask these kinds of questions.

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I don't think that they do.  It seems like there would surely be more cases of cancer caused by phones by now if they really did.  Since people use them so much, there's been plenty of opportunity for the epidemic to show up.  But as the first post says, there will surely be more research done.  I wonder what would happen if they were actually shown to cause cancer...

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According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no hard evidence that cell phone usage causes any form of cancer. However, the radiofrequency energy that is released is a form of radiation, and the Institute believes that more research is necessary. Key facts:

     Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held... The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers... Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly. (National Cancer Institute)

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I keep reading claims on both sides of this issue. Apparently the current thinking (see link below) is that there is as yet no evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship.  Surely this is a matter that will and should continue to be studied.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones

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