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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?

No, cell phones don't cause cancer. Show more Show less

There is no good reason to believe cell phones are a serious danger.
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Physics says no

The radiation emitted by cell phones is too low-energy to cause cancer.
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The Argument

Fundamental radiation physics refutes the notion that cell phones could cause cancer. Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency range, which is non-ionizing and therefore irrelevant to the biophysical mechanisms by which radiation induces cancer. Ionizing radiation can cause cancer because it provides sufficient energy to break interatomic bonds and generate ions, which can damage important biomolecular structures such as DNA, leading to the development of tumors. Non-ionizing radiation (such as that emitted by cell phones) can still be absorbed by the body, but does not provide enough energy to cause the kind of damage that leads to cancer.

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[P1] Cell phones have too low a radiation level to cause cancer.

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