Cellphone Cancer Warning Falls Lightly On US Ears

Despite the warning last week from a branch of the World Health Organization that cellphones might raise the risk of brain cancer -- a lot of Americans don't seem too concerned.

Some are vowing to get headsets to shield themselves from radiation. And Google searches for "cancer" and "cellphones" have spiked in recent days.

But many appear to be dismissing the warning as too vague. And others figure that if a cellphone poses a slight health risk, then so be it. One woman shopping for a phone in New York says she's probably already paid the price -- because she's been "talking on the phone for seven years."

The manager of a cellphone store says in six years, he's never heard anyone ask if they cause cancer. He says the only things customers want to know are "if it works, and if it texts."

The International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed dozens of published studies on cellphones and cancer before classifying cellphones as "possibly carcinogenic." That's a risk category that also includes night-shift work, engine exhaust and coffee.


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