WHO Panel: Cell Phones Could Be Carcinogenic

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The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer is putting cell phones in the same category as dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides, as a potential threat to human health.

The panel, consisting of 31 scientists from 14 countries, reviewed existing studies that focused on the health effects of radio-frequency magnetic fields emitted by cellphones.

During a news conference today, Dr. Jonathan Sammet of the University of Southern California, said the panel's decision to classify cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic" was based largely on epidemiological data showing an increased risk among heavy cell phone users of a rare type of brain tumor called a "glioma."

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