It's long been researched and debated: Can cell phones cause cancer? After conflicting reports for years and previous studies that showed no conclusive link, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer. Furthermore, WHO will now list cell phones in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

This is in stark contrast to the WHO's May 2010 report that no adverse health effects could be attributed to cell phones. So what's behind the switch in thinking you ask? A look at all the research. A team of scientists from around the globe looked at numerous peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. While more long-term research is needed, the team did find enough of a possible connection to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" and to alert consumers.

According to the Environmental Working Group, there are easy ways to reduce your exposure, including texting instead of calling, using a land-line for lengthy calls and using a headset. Additionally, you can check to see how much radiation your cell phone emits here and possibly replace it with a lower-radiation phone.

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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