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October 7, 2008 • Volume 5 / Number 20 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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Hoover Testifies on Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors

On September 25, the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled "Cell Phone Use and Tumors: What the Science Says." Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) asked the panel whether there is sufficient evidence [of long-term cell phone exposure causing brain tumors] "to merit action by regulators and legislators to protect the public health." Dr. Robert Hoover, director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program in NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, was one of the witnesses asked to testify. Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany; Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Julius Knapp, deputy chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission; and Ellie Marks, an advocate from California, also participated as panel witnesses. Dr. Hoover's statement for the record will be available on the NCI Office of Government and Congressional Relations Web site at

The NCI Cancer Bulletin featured an article about cell phones and brain cancer in the September 23 issue.