Cell phone cancer warning falls lightly on users’ ears

NEW YORK —

News earlier this month that an arm of the World Health Organization said cell phones might raise the risk of brain cancer has been greeted mostly with a shrug of the shoulder—one that’s pinning a cell phone to the ear.

Google searches for “cancer” and “cell phones” spiked and some people vowed to get headsets to shield themselves from radiation. But most seemed to either dismiss the warning as too vague, or reason that if the most useful device in modern life poses a slight health risk, then so be it.

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