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06-01-2011, 10:08 PM #1
Mobile phones can increase cancer risk: WHOHeavy use of mobile phones and other wireless communication devices could possibly cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has said and asked people to use texting and free-hands devices to reduce the risk.
The electromagnetic fields generated by such devices are "possibly carcinogenic to humans," the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced at the end of an eight-day meeting on Tuesday in Lyon, France.
A group of 31 experts from 14 countries has "reached this classification based on its review of the human evidence coming from epidemiological studies", ABC News reported.
The experts also pointed to an increased incidence of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, International Agency for Research on Cancer said in a statement. The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at 5 billion globally.
"The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk," said Jonathan Samet from the University of Southern California, the Chairman of the group of scientists....being a human...
06-01-2011, 10:24 PM #2
Nokia, Sony counter WHO report on cell phonesMobile phone manufacturers have countered WHO's report on cellphones possibly causing cancer.
A statement issued by Nokia says said, "It is important to note that IARC has not classified RF fields as definitely nor even probably carcinogenic to humans. IARC has only concluded that, based on limited evidence, it may be possible that there could be some increased risk for certain cancer."
Sony Ericsson in its statement said, "The results are consistent with the vast majority of existing scientific research which shows no conclusive evidence of a connection between RF EMF exposure and cancer."
WHO cancer experts on Tuesday said that using a mobile phone might increase the risk of developing certain types of brain tumors and consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure.
A working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries meeting at the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said a review of all the available scientific evidence suggested cell phone use should be classified as "possibly carcinogenic."
The classification, which puts mobile phone use in the same broad IARC cancer risk category as lead, chloroform and coffee, could spur the United Nations health body to look again at its guidelines on mobile phones, the scientists said....being a human...
06-14-2011, 08:34 PM #3
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