(WICHITA, Kan.) — Cell phones can do a lot of things; they can open your car doors, program your television, among other things.
Now -- a new report finds they may cause brain tumors. That's led the World Health Organization to label them "possible carcinogens", joining the likes of the pesticide DDT and coffee.
In our high-tech world, most of us keep our cell phones at our fingertips. But the World Health Organization looked at all the data available, and said the same thing that keeps us connected could give us cancer. "Particularly
when you have long-term exposure the way people use cell phones as we
currently do," said neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, "30 minutes or more a day."
So we asked people enjoying the Wichita weather Tuesday, what else causes cancer. The answers range from asbestos to cigarettes to artificial sweeteners.
The President of the Kansas Cancer Center admits certain things do increase cancer risks. "There is everything around us - all the artificial stuff - has the potential," to cause cancer, said Dr. Shaker Dahkil.
Nonetheless, people should use everything in moderation. "I don't think we should be paranoid of what we're doing," said the oncologist. He also points out that some people have a predisposition to certain kinds of cancer. Certain things act as catalysts for the disease. And there may be no way of telling what it is.
So feel to make a few calls on your cell phone, just keep them short.