Head of cancer institute issues cell phone use warning

July 23, 2008 2:36:15 PM PDT
Faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Cancer Institute were advised to limit their cell phone use. Dr. Ronald Herberman, head of the institute, issued the warning based on concerns about what he says is the growing body of literature linking long term cell phone use to cancer.

The Advisory suggests certain measures to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by the devices.

They include shortening the length of conversation to keeping the phones away from the head.

It also recommends children not use cell phones except in emergencies.

Dr. Herberman believes he is the first US cancer center director to release such an advisory.

Other cancer experts say there's nothing wrong with taking precautions, but they also stress that there is still no conclusive evidence tying cell phone use to brain cancer.