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Research doubts link between cell phones, cancer


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Back in May, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the controversial results of a study that linked frequent cell phone usage to certain types of brain tumors. Now a scientific journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), has published an overview of similar studies that casts doubt on any links between cell phones and cancer.

The journal notes that the WHO report was attempting to classify what kind of cancer risk might exist, not the actual probability of developing cancer. EHP had issues with the reliability of the WHO study, which asked 13,000 phone owners to remember cell phone usage from many years ago. The EHP authors mentioned that a number of other studies have not seen a link between cell phones and cancer.

The importance of the EHP report lies in the fact that the journal has no connection at all with the cell phone industry, therefore reducing concerns of bias.

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