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Erin Ross Feb 2
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What you need to know about that big study on cell phones and cancer

A group of people use cell phones to take pictures of Prince William
The jury is still out, but cell phones probably won't cause cancer in humans. (Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The kind of radiation emitted by cell phones increases the risk of heart cancer in mice, according to an NIH-funded report released today. But don't ditch your phones just yet: despite numerous studies, there's still no strong evidence cell phones cause cancer in humans.

Be smart: These rats were exposed to high levels of radiation over their entire bodies. This is not how humans are exposed to cell phone radiation. When asked in a press conference if he intends to change his cell phone use, or tell his children to do so, study author John Bucher said, unequivocally, "no."