Does Cell Phone Use Cause Cancer?
A study released Tuesday by the World Health Organization suggests that, over time, cell phone use can cause cancer. This decision was made after international scientists reviewed studies on cell phone safety, categorizing their use as a "carcinogenic hazard." This is the same category as lead and chloroform.
Neuro-Oncologist Dr. Erin Dunbar says the study shouldn't make everyone drop their phones, but rather think twice before picking them up. Dunbar says; "I think cell phones are an indelible part of our future, but we just need to use them smartly."
Doctors suggest changing the way you use your phone by using earphones or a Bluetooth, or simply putting your phone on speaker, but is the study enough to change your behavior?
Dr. Lisa Merlo, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida, says no. Merlo says; "just hearing this information I don't think it's going to change the behavior of many individuals."
It may be too soon for people to make any rash decisions about their cell phone use. Dr. Dunbar says more studies are still in the making.
Dunbar says; "right now it's not been clearly linked to cancer so I think the best think to do is this story is to be continued."
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