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Does Your Cell Phone Cause Cancer?

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Thursday, August 27, 2009   

BERKELEY, Calif. - Most people don't think twice when using a cell phone, but the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)from a brain tumor has drawn more attention to the possible risks. A new cell phone industry-funded study on the issue is soon to be released, but it's already being criticized as flawed.

A report from the International EMF Collaborative charges that the industry study made a number of mistakes, including categorizing people who used cordless phones as unexposed - although, like cell phones, cordless phones emit microwave radiation - and failing to include many types of brain tumors.

Lloyd Morgan, one of the Collaborative report's authors, is a retired electronics engineer from Berkeley who developed a brain tumor in 1995, something his doctor said was probably caused by his work around electromagnetic fields.

"Bottom line is, cell phones are causing brain tumors. If you look at the independent research, it's absolutely clear. If you look at the telecom industry-funded research, it's spun such that it would appear that there are no risks."

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who currently has a brain tumor, is pushing for Senate hearings next month. Ellen Marks has already testified before Congress about her husband's brain cancer case - and his heavy cell phone use.

"My husband is the poster boy for the cell phone brain tumor link. Unfortunately, Ted Kennedy, about a week after my husband was diagnosed, had a seizure and was diagnosed with the same thing."

Morgan says the report he worked on offers recommendations for making cell phone use safer, such as developing better technologies, using wired headsets and not carrying an active phone close to your body. Entitled "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone," can be viewed online at www.radiationresearch.org.



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