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TODAY'S QUESTION: Does research about brain cancer affect your cell phone use?

Friday, January 1, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

Although the research is far from finished, scientists have found a possible link between brain cancer and cell phones.

One outspoken critic of the cell phone industry, Lloyd Morgan, believes a "pandemic" of brain cancer is forthcoming.

“We don’t need to get rid of cell phones," he said. "But the way they are being used is ghastly."

Some European countries are even considering restrictions on cell phone use, especially for children.

Some studies — although generally those funded by cell phone-makers — have found no link between the use of cell phones and cancer.

In 10 or 2o years, though, perhaps we'll know if cell phones do cause brain cancer.

But before then, does research about brain cancer affect your cell phone use? Should the government warn people about the possible risk?


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c brown January 2, 2010 | 7:42 a.m.

Cell phones could easily be labelled with the level of radiation they emit, allowing consumers to make informed choices about the products they use.

Ear pieces for cell phones remove the phone, and it's radiation, from close proximity to the brain. It's an easy fix. Why don't more people use ear pieces?

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Mikey Popshot January 3, 2010 | 7:39 a.m.

Roseann, you know that any group anywhere can find a group of doctors to affix their name to ANY "study", whether funded by one industry or another. Who is funding the anti-cell studies?

I agree with c_brown (above) that radiation levels could be an important piece of information if consumers demand it.

Absent serious, peer-reviewed studies on the issue, though, the government certainly should not require manufacturers to change all of their labeling.

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