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Do cell phones cause cancer? Show more Show less

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the radiofrequency fields generated by cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." With billions of people around the world using cell phones on a regular basis, any link between cell phones and cancer would represent a major public health risk. What does the science say? Has enough research been done? And can existing studies be trusted?

The health effects of cell phones are still unclear. Show more Show less

Further study of this question is critical.
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Health authorities recommend caution

The official position of major health authorities and medical organizations is to remain cautious about cell phone radiation.
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The Argument

Although the health risks associated with cell phones are debated by various proponents, the organizations which are formally responsible for providing expert opinions about public health issues have not adopted definitive positions on safety or danger of cellular technology, instead recommending caution and further study. Among others, the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all made public statements that more research is essential to clarify the relationship between cancer and cell phones. The positions of these expert organizations can be regarded as a strong indication of the current scientific and medical consensus, which is that the risks associated with cell phone use are still unclear.

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[P1] The main public health organizations have stated that more research is needed into the link between cell phones and cancer.

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