Cell phone, cancer links scrutinized 

Possible links between cell phones and cancer will be discussed Monday by San Francisco environmental officials.

The Washington DC-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group recently published a report that said studies found significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among long-term cell-phone users.

After reading the report, San Francisco Department of Environment staff and commissioners agreed to meet to discuss its findings. The hearing is scheduled to take place Monday afternoon.

“We were really intrigued by information they were finding about links to brain cancer,” said San Francisco Toxics Program Manager Debbie Raphael.

Raphael said it’s unclear what, if anything, The City might do about reported health impacts from cell phones.

“The EWG report suggests some possible policy options, and countries around the globe have started issuing warnings. We’re just trying to figure out what, if anything, we want to do in San Francisco,” she said.

 

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