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Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety.
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
Now how many of you are going to give up your cell phones to avoid the risk of cancer and brain tumors?
The type of radiation coming out of a cell phone is called non-ionizing. It is not like an X-ray, but more like a very low-powered 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."
Originally posted by Ghost375
No wonder people have such bad memories, they are holding microwaves to the 'memory area' of the brain.
But let me explain why there isn't so-called "Proof" of just how bad this is and why there aren't more cases of cancer. If you start smoking cigarettes, you probably won't develop cancer for 20+ years. We're probably looking at the same time frame for how long it takes cell phones to cause cancer. Sure, cell phones have been around since the 80s, but never have they been near as widespread in use today. Let's just assume that by 2000 everyone(by everyone I mean 95%+ of adults) had a cell phone, this isn't true but this is a hypothetical situation. That means people wouldn't start getting brain cancer, read death, until 2020 or so. The point is that it's really hard to have a long-term study done on something that just started being widespread 10 years ago. And if they are already now seeing cases of cancer develop, it probably lends credence to the hypothetical scenario that I wrote to actually happen.
Why would the WHO lie in this instance? If anything, they'd be the ones covering this up.
Try to use a cellphone as seldom as possible.
Originally posted by GalacticJoe
Well, if they can increase brain cancer risk in the skull, I would imagine they could also create mutation risks in the testes while in the pocket causing birth defects or infertility.
WHO Says Cell Phone Radiation Is "Possibly Carcinogenic." Now What?
...It's not clear exactly how much of an elevated cancer risk cell-phone users might face, or even the biological methods by which cell-phone radiation could cause brain tumors. (The radiation emitted by cell phones is non-ionizing, meaning that it shouldn't have enough energy to damage body tissue the way that ionizing — and carcinogenic — X-ray radiation can.) But IARC says that the results of epidemiological studies of cell-phone users, including the data from last year's rather problematic Interphone study, indicate an association between handset use and tumors.
That's notable because until now, the WHO had reported that "no adverse health effects have been established for mobile-phone use." (In fact, that website is still up.) While medical muckrakers like Dr. Devra Davis, who wrote a 2010 book on cell phones and cancer called Disconnect, and academics like Dr. Henry Lai have questioned the possible role that cell-phone radiation could play in brain tumors, the mainstream medical establishment has all but dismissed any risk, along with most governments including the U.S...