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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?

Yes, cell phones increase the risk of cancer. Show more Show less

There is enough evidence to conclude cell phones are linked to cancer.
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Phone companies push bad science

Research into the link between cell phones and cancer has been undermined by the influence of the telecommunications industry.
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The Argument

Cell phone companies actively work to promote research suggesting cell phones are safe and to conceal studies that indicate a link to cancer, despite what the science actually says. The production and sale of cell phones and their related services and infrastructure is a multi-trillion dollar industry, so there is an enormous amount of money at stake for many different companies when it comes to research about the safety of cellular technology. Industry-financed initiatives like the Wireless Technology Research project (WTR) have a clear bias, and allow phone companies to publicize favorable results while suppressing research that might be damaging to their bottom line.

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[P1] Cell phone companies actively work to conceal links between cell phones and cancer.

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