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Cell Phones Don't Cause Eye Cancer, But...

Ever since the days of those prehistoric 1980s cell phones everyone wonders if mobile phones are cooking our heads with cancer. The research is conflicted. Some studies say they boost cancer risk, like brain cancer, but now, new research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute claims regular cell phone usage does not increase a person’s risk of getting eye cancer. After studying 1,600 people for about a decade, scientists detected no link between cell phones and cancer; Reuters reports.

Actually, a year ago I asked Dr. Fuhrman for his thoughts on mobile phones and cancer risk. And he admitted it’s hard to say. “The bottom line is we don’t know,” he explained, “Cancer causation is a 20 to 50 year process. So we have to follow young people for more than 20 to 30 years to really have answers here.” Good idea! Currently the largest study on cell phones and cancer was only 10 years.

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Renee - January 15, 2009 12:24 PM

I know for me, they cause headaches. I can only hear out of one ear so I always have to talk on the left side of my head. Within a few minutes, I get a headache at the site of the phone and if I keep going with the phone call, I'll kind of feel like my head is spinning and fuzzy afterwards. Now I use a headset or bluetooth and don't have that problem anymore. But I think there is some connection to the phone and problems it can cause close to the head. I guess that's my very own less than 10 year study. :)

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