So is it cancer-causing to continually use cell phones?

A long-term study is underway that will track the cell phone usage of 250,000 cell phone users between the ages of 18 and 69 over three decades. In addition to looking for cancer links, the study will be on the lookout for links to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Photo courtesy Pink Sherbet Photography, courtesy Flickr

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest research on the question of whether cell phone use causes cancer?

William Thigpen

via e-mail


Cell phones have only been in widespread use for a couple of decades, which is far too short a time for us to know conclusively whether or not using them could cause cancer. Research thus far appears to indicate that most of us have little if anything to worry about.

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