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 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.