Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Do Cellphones Cause Cancer?

Monday, 30 July 2012 09:50 AM

Question: My wife insists that we do not allow our kids to speak on the cellphone because she says it might cause cancer. Is this crazy? How can they allow cellphones if they cause cancer in children?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The National Cancer Institute states that cellphones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held. The amount of radiofrequency energy a cellphone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cellphone towers.
Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cellphone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. My neurosurgery colleagues feel otherwise. I do believe that there is an association of cellphone use with elevating risks, but we do not have hard data because WHO WANTS TO ENTER A TRIAL FOR CANCER INDUCTION?
More research is needed because cellphone technology and how people use cellphones have been changing rapidly. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization (WHO), has classified radiofrequency fields as "possibly carcinogenic to humans," based on limited evidence of a possible increase in risk for brain tumors among cellphone users, and inadequate evidence for other types of cancer.

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Studies do not show that cellphones cause cancer, but many experts believe there is a link between radiofrequency energy and increased cancer risk.
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