July 24, 2008— -- Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, told his own faculty to limit their time on cell phones because of a possible risk of brain cancer.
His warning pointed to nonpublished research, which suggests that everyone, but especially children, should limit "long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer."
Children are particularly at risk because their brains are still developing, Herberman said.
The American Cancer Society said that Herberman's warning was too strong, given the lack of scientific evidence, and that if there is a risk, it is very small.
Herberman said that even a small risk is too great for ourselves and especially our children.
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