Cell phones pose plenty of risks, but none of them are cancer

Popular Science | 11/9/2018 | Staff
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Studies have also produced conflicting evidence: the 13-country Interphone study, for example, largely showed no increase in cancer, although one analysis did find a statistically significant (though hard to interpret) increase. One Swedish research group found a link, but large Danish and United Kingdom studies did not. Labos says the mixed results support the idea that there is not, in fact, an increased risk of cancer with cell phone use. “It usually implies that there is no effect. In random chance, you’d see a natural spread of data,” he says.

Based on the research prior to this new study, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which classifies carcinogens, said that radio frequency radiation is a possible carcinogen—a label it gives to environmental factors that have limited or insufficient evidence linking them to cancer, but that haven’t been ruled out.

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“It means that there’s some level of suspicion, but the evidence is not strong enough to draw a conclusion,” Foster says. “They’re not willing to say that there’s no risk, because you can’t prove that. But they’ve looked very carefully and don’t see evidence that there’s a big problem.” Foster doesn’t anticipate that major health agencies will change their recommendations as a result of the new study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for...
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