Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- You might want to think twice before you talk on your cell everywhere you go. New research says there could be a link between cell phone use and cancer.
Cancer experts with the World Health Organization say using mobile phones may increase the risk of certain types of brain cancer and consumers should consider ways to reduce their exposure.
A group of 21 scientists from 14 countries reviewed all available scientific evidence, which suggested cell phone use should be classified as possibly carcinogenic. This is the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
This classification could prompt the UN Health Body to reevaluate its guidelines on mobile phones.
The doctor heading the research team said in a statement released by WHO, "the conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."
The American Cancer Society is backing the study. In a statement, they say "this report comes from a very credible group, and reaches reasonable conclusions about electromagnetic radiation from cellphones and other devices. It is critical that its findings be interpreted with great care."
It continues, "[The] Classification means that there could be some risk, but that the evidence is not strong enough to be considered causal, and needs to be investigated further. But the cell phone industry maintains - there is no conclusive proof of danger."
The Wireless Association also released a statement after today's findings. A portion reads, "This classification does not mean cellphones cause cancer. Under IARC rules, limited evidence from statistical studies can be found even though bias and other data flaws may be the basis for the results."
For now, experts suggest using a headset or speaker phone to avoid possible health risks.
Mobile phone use is in its relatively early stages, only becoming widely used in the last 15 years, or so. Neurological experts says it may take several decades of exposure before potential dangers are learned.