WHO: Cell Phones Possibly Cause Cancer

Using a cell phone can possibly increase the risk of certain types of brain cancer in humans, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. They have listed mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

According to a report from CNN, a 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.”

Although long-term studies haven’t been conducted to make a clear conclusion, enough data exists to show enough of a connection that consumers should be alerted.

“The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The radiation emitted from a cell phone is not like an X-ray, but similar to a very low-power microwave oven. ”What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain. So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones.”

The European Environmental Agency is asking for more studies, and for now says that cell phones could be as big a public health risk as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline.



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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

helpful info.

Debbie F.
Debbie F.3 years ago

Very concerning especially when kids are using cell phones at very young ages.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black3 years ago

I am an old woman; I have lived through many scares. Grilled food caused cancer, cranberries caused cancer, microwaves caused cancer, cigarettes cause cancer, fake sugar causes cancer, and etc, etc, etc. These warnings generally turn out to be ridiculous; but occasionally they are right. (Example, cigarettes cause cancer) So what do we do? We use moderation and pray a lot.

iii q.
g d c.3 years ago

what about microwave ovens?

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

Cell phones make life easier, but they shouldn't be overused.

John North
John North4 years ago

In the meantime, let's carry on using our brain CELL phones eh? nutting to wooooorrrryyyy aboooout....lol

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

noted more research is needed

Silvija Vlahovec
Silvija Vlahovec4 years ago

That's why I don't own a mobile phone.
Oh,and mobile phones apparently kill bees. I like bees. I don't want to become a mass murderer.