July 2, 2011
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that a panel of experts has concluded that cell phones can possibly cause brain cancer.
After a review of dozens of published studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) told the international media at a press briefing in France that radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer.
The review put mobile phones in the in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Before the announcement, the WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.
That changed after the team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety.
The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
An oncologist contacted by National Weekly, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, he has not read the report, but would not ignore the findings, as there could be a real correlation between cell-phones and brain cancer. However, he said, that any possibility of cancer would come from excessive placement of a cell phone to one’s ear. He also agreed that as a precaution, cell phone users should use listening devices that preclude them placing the actually phone to their ear.
But long before the report, manufacturers of many popular cell phones already warn consumers to keep their device away from their body.
According to a report in the Trinidad Guardian, The Apple iPhone 4 safety manual says users’ radiation exposure should not exceed FCC guidelines: “When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 millimeters (5/8 inch) away from the body.”
And the BlackBerry Bold advises users to “keep the BlackBerry device at least 0.98 inch (25 millimeters) from your body when the BlackBerry device is transmitting.”
Since the invention of the cell phone there have been various conflicting reports that the instruments do or do not contribute to brain cancer. The negative reports have never created a decline in the demand for these phones which are a common means of communication by millions of people globally.
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