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Doctor responds to cell phone-cancer study

LAWTON, Okla. – The World Health Organization now lists mobile phones in the same carcinogenic hazard category as lead, chloroform and engine exhaust.  So does this mean we should change the way we use our phones?

The study is still in its early stages.  The WHO has evaluated almost 5-million people worldwide and the focus has been on one specific type of brain cancer, glioma.

7News talked with some people around Lawton to find out if this study will change their cell phone habits.  7News also spoke with a doctor who says that people need to think twice before they jump to conclusions about this study.

"I have been using a cell phone since 1998 and, it's more to me that I have to see it than believe it that cell phones cause cancer," said one resident.

"I honestly wouldn't doubt it one bit.  There's even books about it right now.  I don't know if you read Stephen King's ‘The Cell'?  So, I believe it 100 percent," said another.

Dr. Mayank Dave says people need to remember that this study looked at people who have been using cell phones since 2004 and only deals with glioma.

"What they are talking about is when you use cell phones, you put it closer to your ear, which is very close to your brain.  Because cell phone works on an electromagnetic wavelength, the electromagnetic wavelength can alternate some process in your brain that can cause the cancer," said Dave.

Dave says the study shows there are certain types of cell phone users that are at risk.

"Anyone who uses cell phone at least a few hours a day can be potentially exposed to this kind of changes in the brain," said Dave.

Dave wants people to remember this when thinking about the study.

"We don't know how bad is the risk, we don't know the percentage of this happening, a person having brain cancer.  So, I would just try to be safe when I use my cell phone, especially people who use it for more than six seven hours a day."

Dave says that although there are certain people who may be at risk, most people are safe.  He says that alternating your cell phone use with texting or a bluetooth headset can lower your risks even further.

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