U.S. Congress debates the risk of developing cancer from mobile phones

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Cancer researchers are giving their testimony to a House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy with regards to the potential dangers of mobile phone use. Calling for more research, two experts giving testimony--while agreeing that the rise in temperature caused by holding an active mobile phone beside one's head isn't significant--argue that more subtle forces could be at work. An unusual comparison with tobacco was cited. It was noted that before its link to cancer was proved, tobacco actually was thought to be safe. One of the experts, Dr. David Carpenter of the University of Albany, was more pessimistic in his outlook, warning that an epidemic of brain cancer was in the making because of "uncontrolled" use of mobile phones.

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