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Today we'll debunk a myth - that cell phones cause cancer. In 1993, a man went on a national talk show and said his wife's cell phone use caused her brain cancer. That set off a wave of concern.

But, it didn't stop cell phones from becoming ubiquitous. Today, more than a billion people around the world use cell phones. That's 18-percent of the global population. Compare that with just one percent - fifteen years ago. The irony is, cell phone use has skyrocketed even though many people still believe cell phones may cause brain cancer.

Let's first look at how most cancers begin; that's by damage to your D-N-A.

D-N-A is a set of instructions for your cells, telling them how to grow and divide. Normal cells often develop mutations in their D-N-A, but they're able to repair themselves.

The trouble happens when certain mutations are not repaired and result in abnormal cells. Those cells are left to grow and eventually, they evolve into cancer cells which can spread to other parts of the body.

So the question is can a cell phone's radiofrequency radiation lead to cancer? The Food and Drug Administration cites scientific evidence showing the low levels of radiation emitted by cell phones has no negative effects.

Another study comes from Denmark. Scientists looked at 420-thousand cell phone users and tracked their cancer rates for up to twenty years. The incidence of cancer in this group is actually slightly less than the general population. The study concluded there is no cancer risk for cell phone users.

For now, the risk seems minimal. The real danger may be how distracting cell phones can be. The next time we're gabbing away behind the wheel, we should worry more about how we're driving.

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John E. Moulder, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin has reviewed the studies into a possible link between cell phone use and cancer. His review concludes that there is no evidence that the low levels of radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones increases the risk for the development of cancer.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Magazine reported that the FDA's Center fro Devices and Radiological Health has reported no evidence of increased cancer risk among cell phone users but provides advice for those that remain concerned.
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The American Cancer Society is an excellent source of information about cancer including a discussion of the potential risks from using cell phones. ACS also summarizes the results of the large Danish study of cell phone users that suggests that the overall number of cancers among cell phone users was slightly lower than that of the general population. Cell phone users did not have a higher risk of brain or central nervous system cancers, salivary gland tumors, eye tumors, or leukemia. This was true even for people who had used cell phones for longer than 10 years.
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MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This is an excellent source for health information including the possible cancer risk using cell phones.
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