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Do cellphones cause cancer?

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Health Desk: 06 February 2018: The latest studies from the federal government show that maybe, at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause one type of cancer in rats. But that probably does not translate to people, experts agreed.

It’s a hotly debated topic, and the National Toxicology Program, which assesses these kinds of risks, has been studying about 3,000 mice and rats bathed in varying doses of cellphone radiation for virtually their entire lifespans — from when they are in the womb to old age.

The bottom line from the senior scientist who leads the studies: “I think the reports don’t go much further than what we reported earlier, and I have not changed the way I use a cellphone, no,” said NTP’s John Bucher. “No, I have not recommended The Food and Drug Administration, which was not involved in the studies, found the results reassuring.

Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, who heads the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological health, notes that there has not been an increase in brain tunmors — which was the public’s biggest fear about cellphone use. The CTIA, which represents the cellphone industry, said it would study the results.