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Protesters Confront FCC Chairman, Claim Cell Phones Cause Cancer (Video)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler was giving a speech on Jan. 9 in Silicon Valley when protesters interrupted him numerous times.

The protesters from claimed there is a strong link between cancer and cell phones (video below).

They spaced their interruptions throughout Wheeler's speech and asked why the FCC had not warned people about cell phones causing cancerous tumors, notes

“How many people have to die from brain cancer before the federal government puts warning labels on cell phones?” yelled one protester.

After the first protester was taken out, Wheeler joked, “John, it’s great to be here!” bringing laughter from the crowd.

“Thanks for my husband's brain tumor and many others, Tom,” another protester yelled during Wheeler's speech.

The connection between cell phones and cancer is widely debated.

According to US News & World Report, a study published in 2013 compared 20 heavy cell phone users to 20 deaf people who do not use cell phones. The study found that the heavy cell phone users had far more cell damage, which can lead to cancer.

But the National Cancer Institute website states, "Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly."

Sources:, US News & World Report,,


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