Feds may reevaluate cellphone cancer risk

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Feds may reevaluate cellphone cancer risk

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Is there really any part of the day where your cellphone is not in arm's reach? Most of us have our cellphones up against our ear, and now the federal government is saying it might be time to reevaluate the risks when it comes to cancer and cellphone use.

We've been told by officials that cellphones can cause cancer, then we're told they don't.  To add to the confusion, the FCC may be taking another look at the claims.

After a year-long review, the Government Accountability Office reports that the way federal regulators have studied the impact of cellphone radiation is outdated.  They're not saying any of this causes cancer, but they are saying it deserves a better and more up-to-date look.

The report said the FCC's regulations of cellphones "may not reflect the latest evidence on the effect."

There is talk in Congress about considering putting labels on phones, similar to those you see on cigarettes, so that you know just how much radiation you are exposed to.

The last time the FCC set a standard for mobile phone radiation was in 1996. The FCC has reported it was already planning to re-visit the study of cellphone radiation.

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