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CELL PHONES AND CANCER

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS SAYING CELL PHONES MAY CAUSE CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Chances are good you use a cell phone at least occasionally. The World Health Organization now says you may want to reconsider that practice based on a potential link between use of these devices and cancer. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, explains.

NELSON: The type of radiation emitted by a cell phone is more like microwave radiation, and in fact the worry is that a little bit of microwave radiation as you press the cell phone to your ear, might heat up your ear, skull and brain a little bit. Whatís not clear is exactly what this little bit of heating will cause. And the World Health Organization actually ranked this thing as probably carcinogenic, not absolutely certain to be. They have another higher level of classification when they know it causes cancer for sure. I suspect the controversy is not over, it will continue to rage.       :32

Nelson says the definitive experiment where cell phone users are compared to non-users over time will likely never be done. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

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