By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Many people are concerned that cell phone use is a potential link to cancer, and there have been studies that support those concerns.

But the most recent study published in the British Medical Journal says there is no link between talking on a cell phone and cancer. It followed people for 350,000 over 17 years.

Several important points about this study: first of all, it looked at people’s cell phone records, which gave a realistic view of how the phone was used, not people’s recollection. Secondly, it did not seem to matter where the phone was held. In other words, if it was held close to the ear, there was not an increased risk of cancer either.

Another point that was not considered that I think is crucial: the need to make sure that people are not texting while driving, and the fact they used hands-free devices. This is the greatest risk of cell phones, we already know this.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor, KYW Newsradio 1060

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