Cell phone-cancer link inconclusive, but experts advise caution
Posted: September 14th, 2009 06:49 PM ET
The science is still out, but evidence so far indicates people should limit howmuch we use a cell phone,
Recommendations included using such devices less, keeping them away from the body, andlimiting their use by children."Children have a configuration of their skull that does allow penetration of cell-phone radiation,"noted Dr. John Bucher, associate director of the National Toxicology Program at the NationalInstitutes of Health.However, Bucher stopped short of declaring a causal link between cell-phone use and humancancer.Other witnesses before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and RelatedAgencies Subcommittee noted the relatively short history of widespread cell-phone use, datingback only two decades.Early studies are inconclusive, said Dr. Siegal Sadetzki of Tel Aviv University, but those doneon subjects after 10 years of cell-phone use were showing higher incidences of tumors and otherproblems.She cited a correlation between the amount of use, the side of the head where the device washeld for talking, and incidences of tumors in salivary glands in that area."Until definite answers are available, some public health measures - especially for children -should be instituted," Sadetzki said. "It's not whether we should use cell phones, but how weshould use them."