Do cell phones cause cancer?

Research has been done to answer the question, "Do cell phones cause cancer?", but it hasn't produced conclusive results. A variety of studies both support and deny a link between cell phone use and cancer risk.

Several organizations have performed studies and multiple variables are considered, including the following: long-term exposure side effects, short-term exposure side effects, benign vs. malignant tumors and child vs. adult exposure.

Here
, the National Cancer Institute has compiled studies and results from various organizations. Review them to create your own conclusion or read specific study reports from the following organizations:
 

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a component of the World Health Organization, has recently classified radiofrequency fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
  • American Cancer Society states that most studies to date have not found an association between cell phone use and development of tumors.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) states that the weight of the current scientific evidence has not conclusively linked cell phones with any adverse health problems, but more research is needed.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (which regulates the safety of machines and devices that emit radiation, including cell phones) concludes that the majority of human epidemiologic studies have failed to show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from cell phones and health problems.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, although some studies have raised concerns, scientific research as a whole does not support a significant association between cell phone use and health effects.
  • Federal Communications Commission concludes that there is no scientific evidence to prove that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other health problems.

The varying evidence and results reveal that a link to cell phone use and cancer risk is still to be determined.

Josh Kermisch
Posted August 15, 2011

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