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WHO warns of "possible" cancer link to cellphones

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WHO warns of "possible" cancer link to cellphones

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Millions use them everyday and modern life would not be the same without them, but now a report has questioned the safety of mobile phones.

The World Health Organisation has declared, for the first time, that scientific evidence suggests a possible carcinogenic connection. It says there could be an increased risk of developing certain types of brain tumour.

Jonathan Samet of the Agency on Cancer Research:

“So several of the epidemiological studies looked pretty closely at this question, it seems logical that if cell phones were to contribute to the causation of cancer, the tumour would be more likely to be on the side where people use the phone and there is some indication that that is the case.”

Advice then to consumers is do not hold the phone close to your ear but consider using a headset.

And the phone industry has played down the report. It says the hazard risk is the same as you get from drinking coffee.