Testimony at Congress - Scientists debate possible cell phone link to brain cancer
Sept. 25, 2008
(CNN) -- Bringing a growing health concern to Congress, scientists squared off Thursday over whether cell phones contribute to brain cancer.
Studies have indicated that long-term cell phone use may be associated with brain cancer, according to Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Dr. David Carpenter, director of Institute for Health and the Environment at University of Albany.
The results indicated that people who use cell phones have double the chance of developing malignant brain tumors and acoustic neuromas, which are tumors on the hearing nerve. The study also said people under age 20 were more than five times as likely to develop brain cancer.
Don't wait until all the data is in. Protect yourself and family now
Note: It's clear we aren't going to be giving up our cell phones, and the cumulative long-term effects may not start being clear for another decade or even two or three.
You can take steps to reduce your risk. Read our Ultimate tips for safe cell phone use.