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Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

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Okay, this is scary! Dr.Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has created quite a stir by issuing a warning to his (approximately 3,000) faculty and staff suggesting they should limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.

The risk is based on the fact that cell phones emit a form of electromagnetic radiation in doses between that of TVs and microwaves. He believes children and teens should only use cell phones for emergencies because their brains are still developing. He also warns all people to use headsets or speaker phones, and not to use cell phones in public places because we are exposing others to the electromagnetic radiation.

This warning is in spite of the lack of research linking cancer and cell phone use, but he mentions unpublished findings that support his statement and is convinced that we "cannot wait for science" and need to protect ourselves, and our children from the risks!

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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