Mobiles 'may cause brain cancer'

The World Health Organization's cancer research agency says mobile phones are "possibly carcinogenic".

A review of evidence suggests an increased risk of a malignant type of brain cancer cannot be ruled out. However, any link is not certain - they concluded that it was "not clearly established that it does cause cancer in humans". A cancer charity said the evidence was too weak to draw strong conclusions from.

A group of 31 experts has been meeting in Lyon, France, to review human evidence coming from epidemiological studies. They said they looked at all relevant human studies of people using mobile phones and exposure to electromagnetic fields in their workplace.

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) can give mobile phones one of five scientific labels: carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, not classifiable or not carcinogenic.

It concluded that mobiles should be rated as "possibly carcinogenic" because of a possible link with a type of brain cancer - glioma.

Source - BBC

3 comments:

  1. Whether this issue is true or not, the fact that we’re facing right now is that we can’t just stop using cellphones, cause it’s now part of our daily lives. Communication means everything to us and mobile phones gives the best out of it. The only thing we could do about this, is for cellphone manufactures to do some serious research to lessen or to remove the negative effect on our health, and just hope that they could do that.

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  2. I'm confused. Is there _insufficient_ evidence that using a cell phone could give you cancer, or, as boingboing said, is..."the evidence supporting that idea...very weak." Because of course the difference is that, with _insufficient_ evidence it could in the future turn out that cell phones actually do contribute to cancer, but up until that seminal study, there was insufficient _proof_. Versus there being evidence that, in fact, the chances of getting cancer from using a cell phone is very weak.

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  3. The grading system accepts the evidence is not conclusive.
    - one of five scientific labels: carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, not classifiable or not carcinogenic.

    I agree it would be difficult to do without them now. My answer? Use the speaker as often as possible; don't talk for a long time, keep it short.
    And don't forget... we may well have to do without them when the whole system collapses!!
    xx

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