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Do cellphones cause radiation and cancer?

Do cellphones cause radiation and cancer?

I imagine you’re like me. You have at least considered the idea that the phone you hold flat up against your ear day after day might have detrimental health effects. But then you dismiss the concept and attribute it to a brief case of paranoia. After all, if cellphones did cause cancer, wouldn't people be openly talking about it? Wouldn't there be a massive public outcry? Wouldn't our government care?

Here's where the confusion starts.

Some scientific studies show a possible link between cellphones and cancer, while others show no link.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of people taking to the Internet with horror stories of tumors appearing where they regularly keep their phones next to their body.

The reason this is back on my mind is a recent study out of France published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It shows a possible link between heavy cellphone use and certain types of brain cancer.

The study defines "heavy cellphone use" as 15 hours or more every month for more than five years. At that level, the risk of glioma and meningioma tumors increased two to three times.

Oddly, unlike any previous study, this one showed the tumors appearing on the opposite side of the head from where participants typically held the phone.

Still, as always, this study isn't conclusive, and it found no cancer risk with moderate and light cellphone use.

So, where does that leave us?

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