Friday, January 20, 2006

On the ground: Cell phones and cancer

Do cell phones cause cancer? That's actually a very old question, something people have been wondering since the very first cell phones have started being used. There's lot's of conflicting information, but recent studies all point to the simple truth: no. A recent study from England said that after a 4 year research at the Institute of Cancer Research involving over 2000 people, they found no evidence of increased risk.

Now this isn't to say that cell phones have no risk of any kind associated to them and should be left in the hands of young children. There are various risks when using cell phones, such as financial risks (overtalking and getting huge bills) and security risks (kids being solicitated with text messages), but the risk for cancer is not a concern. Like all things, it's up to the individual to decide if the benefits outweight the risks, and for the vast majority of people in the world, it's worth it.

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