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An assessment that could put to rest once and for all the question of whether cell phones pose a risk of brain cancer to their users may be delayed, says New Scientist's Andy Coghlan. The mainstream view is that there is no evidence to make that association, but some are calling for the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer to delay a decision on the issue because only half of the data from a 13-country study of brain cancer and cell phones has been published, Coghlan says. The group asking for a delay, the International EMF Alliance, says it wouldn't be responsible to make a decision without all the data, and that there need to be more "sensible" guidelines surrounding cell phone usage. The IARC, however, says all necessary data has been published, Coghlan adds.

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