Lawmaker Vows to Take Up New Cellphone Cancer Concerns
Concerns over the effects of cellphone radiation have surfaced again in Washington, with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)'s pledge Monday to look more into the potential health dangers for users.
Early fears of cancer connected to cellphone use have been swept under the rug as such organizations as the World Health Organization and National Cancer Institute have said there is little clear evidence to prove the linkage. But University of Pittsburgh epidemiologist Devra Lee Davis is warning that cellphone use may increase the risk of cancer. She and other groups have also raised new concerns about cellphone use among youth.
"The cell phone industries' own studies show that the cell signal is absorbed deeply into the brains of children, and up to 2 inches into an adult skull," Davis says on her Web site.
The revived debate will take on new complexity as youth make up a larger portion of cellphone users. More teens have cellphones than ever, according to an August study by the Pew Internet Project; 71 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 used cellphones in 2008, compared with 45 percent in 2004.
September 15, 2009; 11:12 AM ET
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