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cell phones cause cancer scare

Today's Allentown and Easton papers, as well as most newscasts are filled with the imposing doom about to befall us all. Yes - once again -  dangers associated with cell phone usage are a major topic of conversation. This time it's the World Health Organization, which by all expert accounts is one of the most reliable scientific groups, has placed the radiation emitted by cell phones as  "possibly" carcinogenic to humans. What does the word "possibly" mean in this context? All of the reports I read (and I read several) seem confused by what this really means. The WHO did not do any new studies but just examined existing data. Everyone agrees that a certain amount of radiation - like the stuff which comes out of your microwave -  also comes out of your cell phone when you are talking (apparently more of it while connecting then actually talking) and goes into your brain. Hum - Doesn't sound good to me. Apparently this type of radiation can cause a tumor called a giloma.  Other scientific experts are predicting that cognitive function and memory could be effected. The US Food and Drug Administration has previously said there is no reason for concern.  The European Environmental Agency is demanding more studies and according to CNN  has said that cell phone use could be as big a risk as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline. Some cell phones actually contain warnings. My Iphone came with a warning that I should not hold the phone against my head while talking. Well - where should I put it? Don't panic just yet. The totality of the information I read says there are not enough studies or statistics from which to draw solid conclusion. There is one thing of which I am certain and to which there is no disagreement. Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving causes accidents and injury and death. Let's continue the investigation into whether cell phones cause cancer but let's work on the more urgent problem which our Pennsylvania legislature is seemingly ignoring. Dennis F Feeley   

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