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WHO Cell Phone Use May Increase Risk of Cancer

June 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

WHO cell phone use may increase risk of cancer. WHO has concluded that habitual and prolonged use of cell phones may increase the risk of a rare type of brain tumor.

Heavy cell phone use may increase risk of cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

Last year, we wrote about the suspected danger of cell phone radiation to human health, noting at the time that no conclusive evidence had positively established a direct link between habitual cell phone use and the spread of brain cancer.

Recently, a scientific advisory panel at the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that habitual and prolonged use of cell phones may increase the risk of a rare type of brain tumor. The 31 scientists/members of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that a survey of the current studies and literature on mobile phone use and brain tumors demonstrates that the long-term use of cell phones is “possibly carcinogenic.”

The WHO panel said that cell phones can be considered as a Category 2B risk, a designation that’s also used in about 240 agents, ranging from ordinary household items like coffee and talcum powder to banned or controlled chemicals DDT and lead. The scientists, however, left enough wiggle room in their statement saying that the evidence is not definitive and that more research should be conducted.

The finding will surely fuel another round of furious debate on this issue as health groups in the U.S. like the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute continue to maintain their position that there’s no conclusive evidence linking increased incidence of brain cancer to heavy cell phone use.

Well, I’ll let the guys at WHO mix it up with the people in the cell phone industry and their friends at ACS and NCI. No point in waiting that a 60 percent certainty reaches 100 percent before you act, is there? On that note, some precautionary measures we recommended in our original article on this topic need to be repeated here:

1. Keep your cell phone away from your body.

2. Text more, talk less.

3. Use headset or handsfree functions.

4. Use your land line.

5. Turn off your mobile phone while charging.

6. Use certified low-radiation phones.

7. Keep cell phones away from children.

Prevention is always better than cure, as they say. By the way, since we’re talking about cell phones here, did you know that you can recycle or donate your used cell phones through Pacebuler Corporation? Give it a try, today.

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Tags: Cell Phone Technology

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Smart Talk Cell Phone // Jun 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yeah, the cell phones give us harm and convenience.we have to use it With the right method.

  • 2 Jim // Jun 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    This seems like one of those things things that should be way more obvious than it seems. There is no way that using a little machine on your ear all the time will not do damage. I think we are going to see a big problem with cellular related health issues in the future.