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Does cell phone radiation cause cancer?

Does cell phone radiation cause cancer?



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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A senate panel in Washington, D.C., has been questioning researchers to see if radiation from cell phones could be causing problems such as brain cancer and other diseases.

Dr. John Bucher with the National Institutes of Health says he's worried cell phone radiation could have a greater impact on kids' young developing brains.

"Children have a configuration of their skull that does allow penetration of cell phone radiation deeper," said Bucher. "With so many users this could translate into a significant public health problem, should their use even slightly increase the risk of adverse health effects."

Other researchers, though, say the scientific evidence between cell phones and cancer just hasn't been established.

ABC's Senior Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser tells KSL Newsradio's Grant and Amanda people shouldn't be worried.

"There have been over 50 studies done looking at this. There are a few that have show a link, but the vast majority and the better studies have not shown a connection," said Besser. "The use of cell phones has gone up dramatically, and we haven't seen any changes in brain cancer rates."

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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Randall Jeppesen

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