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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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Existing studies are not conclusive

Both experimental and epidemiologic studies have shown conflicting results, and further research is needed to clarify the situation.
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The science is far from settled on the question of whether cell phone use increases the risk of cancer. Lab experiments have not established a definitive link between cellular radiation and cancer, but some research, such as the U.S. National Toxicology Program finding that radiofrequency radiation increased tumor incidence in male rats, has given enough indication of a potential link to warrant further study. Similarly, epidemiologic investigations including the Interphone study have provided mixed evidence of possible statistical associations between specific types of tumor and cell phone use, especially in relation to intensive cell phone users. As cell phones continue to become more widespread and cellular technologies continue to evolve, more definitive scientific research will be needed to validate or refute the safety of cell phones.

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[P1] The evidence about the link between cell phones and cancer vary significantly.

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