"Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer — New Study Says, Maybe?"

"A new study out this week doesn't show a definitive link, but reopens the debate over whether cell phones cause cancer."

"On Thursday, the U.S. National Toxicology Program published partial results of a study that claimed to show a link between cell phone radiation and cancer. By Friday, Mother Jones was touting the study as a “game changer,” while the Wall Street Journal was calling it “explosive.” STAT was more cautious in delivering the news, including right in its headline the caveat that the study was done on rats.

The wording used in many stories may be hyperbole, but Michael Hansen, a senior staff scientist at Consumers Union — the policy and action division of Consumer Reports — says the results do raise doubts in a debate that many thought was already over.

“For years all of the agencies said that there was no conceivable way that this radiation could have any affect at all, except thermal [effects],” said Hansen."

Ian Evans reports for Undark May 27, 2016.


"What You Need To Know About The New Study On Cellphones And Cancer" (STAT)

"Questions and Answers on the New Study Linking Cellphones and Cancer in Rats" (New York Times)

"Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Don’t Believe The Hype." (Washington Post)

"Cell Phone Radiation Increases Cancers In Rats, But Should We Worry?" (CNN)

"Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study" (Wall Street Journal)

"“Game-Changing” Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer" (Mother Jones)

"Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions" (Scientific American)

Fact Sheet: "Cell Phones and Cancer Risk" (National Cancer Institute)

"Yesterday's Cell-Phone Cancer Scare Scares Me A Little About The Future Of Journalism" (Forbes)

"Study In Rats Reignites Debate Over Cell Phones And Cancer" (USA TODAY)

"Health Experts Question Federal Study Linking Cellphones To Brain Tumors" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Undark, 05/30/2016