June 1, 2011
Cell-Phone Magnetic Emissions May Cause Cancer, WHO Agency Says in Study
Exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from handsets is greater than that from mobile-phone towers and base stations, Robert Baan, the senior scientist in charge of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s report on the subject, said on a conference call with reporters yesterday. The fields are “possibly” carcinogenic, the same category as diesel fuel, chloroform and working as a firefighter, according to the IARC, based in Lyon, France, which classifies cancer risks based on research it conducts and coordinates.
This is the first time an agency working group has surveyed research on radiofrequency electromagnetic fields to make a definitive recommendation, the IARC said. The agency didn’t issue guidelines for cell-phone use and said more study is needed after some evidence for an increased risk of glioma, or brain cancer.
Press Release: Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic: WHO has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
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