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?
There is enough evidence to conclude cell phones are linked to cancer.
Cancer incidence correlates with cell phone use
The number of cancer cases went up dramatically in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, just as cell phones were becoming widespread.
Phone companies push bad science
Research into the link between cell phones and cancer has been undermined by the influence of the telecommunications industry.
Cell phones emit radiation
Electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones is absorbed by the body, potentially causing the development of tumors.
There is no good reason to believe cell phones are a serious danger.
Physics says no
The radiation emitted by cell phones is too low-energy to cause cancer.
Epidemiology says no
There is no statistical association between cancer rates and cell phone use.
Further study of this question is critical.
Health authorities recommend caution
The official position of major health authorities and medical organizations is to remain cautious about cell phone radiation.
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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