Cell Phones ‘Possibly Carcinogenic,’ WHO Says14 June, 2011 at 21:03 | Posted in Body & Mind, Environmental issues, Science | Leave a comment
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The World Health Organization WHO, on Tuesday, placed cell phones on a list of items that could potentially cause a malignant type of brain cancer.
The agency’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) panel said that the electromagnetic radiation emitted from cellular phones is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
The panel, which consists of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, based its conclusions on evidence that was published in studies that showed that cell phone use could increase the risk of glioma, a rare but malignant form of brain cancer.
“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings,” said IARC Director Christopher Wild in a statement, “it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones.”
In the interim, “It is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting,” he added.
The WHO previously said that there are no risks of brain cancer associated with cell phone usage.