Cell Phones and Health: Is There a Brain Cancer Connection?

News — By on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 am

Are cell phones safe? Mounting concerns about the cancer risks of cell phone radiation, especially for children, will
bring experts to Washington for a groundbreaking international conference on
September 13-15. The goal of the conference is to propose a U.S. research
agenda.

The latest scientific evidence on cell phones and human health and public
policy implications will be presented by such respected experts as Dr. Ronald
B. Herberman, Director Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute;
Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, Tel Aviv Medical University, Israel’s key researcher on
cancer and cell phones; Dr. Margaret Offermann, national research deputy at
the American Cancer Society; and Professor Frank Barnes, chairman of the 2008
National Academy of Sciences report on research needed on cell phones and
other personal wireless devices.

Key members of Congress are expected to attend. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA)
is planning to independently chair a Senate hearing on cell phones and health
on Monday, September 14 on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Devra L. Davis, Professor of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh
and primary organizer of the conference, reports: “Deeply troubling findings
have been reported outside the U.S., where cell phones have been widely used
for longer periods of time. These findings show a doubled risk of brain
cancer. Many governments, including France, Finland, China and Russia, even
advise that children not use cell phones.”
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