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The FDA To Look At Whether Cell Phones Cause Cancer

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 06, 2006

The FDA just announced that it plans to convene a meeting to evaluate research looking at whether using cell phones can be linked to increased risk of getting cancer.

That decision was prompted by a recent study that came out of Sweden, which seemed to point out that people who had used cell phones for more than 10 years had increased their risk of developing brain tumors by 240%.

Sure, this study is inconsistent with findings from other studies done around the world. Still, just to be on the safe side, I recently purchased a headset. That’s the one good thing that’s likely to come out of this whole mess, as various agencies try to determine whether there’s a link between mobiles and cancer: I bet that headset sales would shoot through the roof.

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some guy

April 7, 2006 11:05 AM

the Swedish study is not "inconsistent with findings from other studies done around the world" - it's inconsistent with findings from several widely-publicized studies that were funded by cell phone service providers and manufacturers, and consistent with other less-publicized (but publicly-funded) studies which found that cell phones DO increase your risk of brain tumors. people want to use their cell phones so badly that they're willing to disregard the reality of the situation, and throw common sense out the window... it doesn't take a Nobel laureate to realize that holding a low-wavelength radio antenna next to your brain is a REALLY BAD IDEA.


April 7, 2006 05:52 PM

I agree with "some guy" .

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