Cell Phone Use Possibly Carcinogenic
Apparently, now even people outside of Orange County may literally be able talk themselves to death. While previous reports about the danger of cell phone radiation have been inconclusive, a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that cell phone usage should be regarded as "possibly carcinogenic." This category of "possibly carcinogenic" is also used for lead, chloroform and coffee. Keep that in mind the next time you try to chloroform a stranger, ladies...
The current study, which was a review of previously published studies and was conducted by 31 scientists from 14 countries, suggests that there is evidence for increased risk of glioma (a type of brain cancer) associated with cell phone use. This finding reverses a previous WHO statement that there was no link between cell phone use and cancer. Previous studies, including one conducted by the U.S. in February, have not found a clear link between mobile phone use and cancer, although the U.S. study did find that using a cell phone led to a change in brain cell activity.
Meanwhile, officials associated with the mobile phone industry have been downplaying the findings by claiming that the WHO study is not substantial enough to link cell phone use with health problems, and that classifying cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic" did not make cell phones that hazardous to health.
Although it is important that more research be done to examine the cell phone-cancer link, it is equally vital to take steps to reduce exposure to the potentially harmful electromagnetic fields emitted by cellular phones. Texting rather than making a call or using a hands-free headset are two small changes that could make a big difference. Yeah, you look like a douche with a headset on... but at least you'll still be alive to hear someone call you that.
Source: WHO says cell phone use "possibly carcinogenic." Reuters. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/31/us-cancer-cellphones-idUSTRE74U4R920110531