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But they encouraged more research, saying their study wasn't large enough to rule out a small risk and that kids' cellphone use has increased since 2008.
Another question is longer-term use, although many children text more than talk.
"This is a very important study," said Elizabeth Ward of the American Cancer Society, but one that will be debated. "It is important that additional studies be done in children, adolescents and young adults with early life exposure to mobile phones."
The cancer society says people who are concerned about a possible risk can keep the phone away from their heads and limit children's use.
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