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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Do cell phones cause cancer? The short version: it’s unclear, but the news releases have vastly overblown the evidence. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists a large number of “possible” cancer risks, including many things that are far more likely to be carcinogenic than cell phones. However, don’t take my word for it; here are two pieces, a long, fairly in-depth post by science writer extraordinaire Ed Yong, and a shorter, pithier one from the BBC.

In other words, don’t throw your cell phone away just yet.

Corrected: I said Ed Yong wrote the BBC piece, but that’s an error caused by me writing too fast! It’s fixed now.

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1 Response to “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?”



  1. 1 Does Cancer Cause Cell Phones? « Galileo's Pendulum Trackback on July 15, 2011 at 08:38
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