LONDON (AP) - A respected international panel says cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer puts the risk from the phones in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee. Some experts said the ruling shouldn't change people's cell phone habits.
The agency is part of the World Health Organization - and its assessment will go to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cell phone use. Just because an agent is classified as "possibly carcinogenic" doesn't mean something automatically causes cancer.
It sounds scary but some doctors remind us that it is not a new study just a change in how the risk is classified. They say more study is needed because there is a lot we still do not know.
In the meantime, if you are worried some things you might consider are use handfree/speakerphone devices, talk less, or text more.
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