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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  • by KINSTON Location: KINSTON on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    eVERY THING CAUSES CANCER OR COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE CANCER! even the dang air we breathe isnt safe. we have heard the "c" word so often that it no longer has the same scare factor it did even just 5 or 10 yrs ago. These orginazations like the WHO and the FDA have cried wolf so many times no body believes them anymore! I listen more to the CDC, they dont scream cancer every single day like these bozos do.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    It very well may cause cancer but guess what! They have told us this once before and then recanted their statments. Its hard for a public who hears cancer over and over and over then the next week the FDA is saying its safe. Pepole get confused and frankly do not really care. Your going to die when your going to die no matter what causes it.
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to
      FDA and WHO are separate organizations.
  • by WHOEY FOOEY on Jun 6, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    So the WHO has now determined that ONLY Americans are not too concerned about cell phone usage, but the rest of the world has heeded their advice and are limiting cell phone use. Yeah, right, uh huh.....would someone please fire all the zombies in the WHO. Wait a minute, I feel a lump behind my right ear.....never mind.
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to WHOEY FOOEY
      No, the World Health Organization put out the report of potential danger. W.H.O. didn't comment on Americans not heeding the report. The Associated Press tends to report from an American perspective, and thus commented on obervations among U.S. residents. Don't make more of this than there is.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:45 AM
    Thats why I use my headphones.
  • by USC Location: Anywhere on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    Got news for you...I don't care what they find out about cell phones,people are still going to use them...You can't even drive down the road without almost every driver you see having one stuck to their ear...Every kid in school from the 3rd grade up has one...they are more addictive than any drug on the market....And yes, I have one but I still remember the good ole days when we didn't spend half our lives on the phone. And yes, I do think they are harmful because of all the traffic accidents they cause,not because of the physical health risk...
  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on Jun 5, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    Maybe because all the soccer Moms and drug dealers don't have much going on in the brain department to begin with...
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:02 PM in reply to Woodrow
      So being a mother involved in your child's life makes you an idiot? Wow... how alone are you?
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      by Vickie on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to Woodrow
      Woodrow..I have you know that "soccer mom's",are also Teacher's,Substitute Teachers,Lawyers,Doctors,and maybe that DA you stand before in the courts!!! I can't believe you are so shallow.Sounds to me you may have slighted in the brain dept. 1920's Woodrow!!!

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