WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

Summary: It's official: cell phone radiation can actually lead to cancer, according to an extensive study by the World Health Organization.

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It's official: cell phone radiation can actually lead to cancer, according to an extensive study by the World Health Organization.

WHO's International Agency for Research of Cancer team that worked on the study included 31 scientists from 14 countries. The results, which found that exposure to cell phones are "possibly carcinogenic to humans," aren't entirely shocking but rather sobering more than anything else.

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."

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Additionally, this news comes right up against most major mobile phone manufacturers. Before the announcement hit on Tuesday, CNN reported:

The cell phone industry maintains that there is no conclusive evidence that cell phone radiation impacts users' health and often sites WHO stance on the topic.

However, this is not a black-and-white or yes-or-no kind of issue. More details are expected to follow soon, but the WHO finding does not mean that all cell phone users will develop cancer because of extensive usage. Unfortunately, it will also take years to see the results of extensive cell phone radiation exposure given that mobile phones didn't come into widespread consumer use until the last 10 to 15 years.

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  • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

    Boohoo, cell phones are bad for us. Know what else is bad for us? Everything. Unless you're planning to move out to Amish country, you're surrounded by all sorts of carcinogens. One more doesn't really hurt.
    Aerowind
    • I talking on my cell to a friend about this story

      @Aerowind
      but I had to cut the conversation short because I keep getting a terrible headache.

      Must eb ym allogys
      Will Pharaoh
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @Aerowind attaboy....just the argumnet cell phone companies and other dangerous goods manufacturers want the sheeple to say...."oh it's jts one more of many".

      Let me ask you this....do you think products should be allowed into the market BEFORE definitive testing is done or AFTER? In other words....is it OK if companies lie to you while making money off you and then say later "oops...our bad"

      Cheers
      ColdFusion_z
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

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        Bhimiji
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @Aerowind
      One more does hurt. They all add up. If the cell phone industry had to pay me $1 for using a phone that has a possible cancer risk, that's no big deal. "One more doesn't really hurt." But add up every cell phone sold and that $1 becomes a very big number.

      That's like saying it's okay for me to throw my empty water bottle out the window when I'm driving because one more really doesn't hurt. But if everyone with a water bottle did that, the place would be a mess.

      And yes, we're surrounded by all sorts of carcinogens, but shouldn't be try to reduce that amount whenever possible?
      JohnJacob1161
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @JohnJacob1161 - Love the water bottle analogy. You must have driven through Memphis recently. What a dump it is now, literally.
        babyboomer57
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        Bhimiji
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @Aerowind

      Nope not everything is bad for us, enjoy all the organic strawberries you want.
      kroguej
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @kroguej@... Unless you're in Germany, where organic food has poisoned a few people.

        As for the phones - sounds like being close to a transmitter increases temperatures in the brain, like slowly cooking an egg. Drop the power output, and lower the risk.
        Brain tumours should be more prevalent in the country, as you get further AWAY from a repeater tower.
        alan_r_cam
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @Aerowind
      "WHO finding does not mean that all cell phone users will develop cancer because of extensive usage."

      Precisely its like the scanners at the airport the risk is very low, but you put millions of people through them and some people are going to get cancer. Call me paranoid but I almost always use bluetooth or speakerphone, can't hurt.
      kroguej
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @kroguej@... Blue tooth isn't much better same form of radiation, the best way would be to put the receivers on the edge of the phone so it limits contact with the body, microwave radiation is the least harming you get more sitting in the sun than you do an entire day on the phone.
        killa132004
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        Bhimiji
  • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

    The headline should be changed to "may cause cancer". 'Can' inplies a causual relationship that hasn't been established.
    pdskep
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @pdskep Don't cigarette companies argue can/may as welll?
      Bodazapha
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @Bodazapha Sure, but follow the science. This report specifically says there is no causal relationship found at least yet. Very few scientists outside the cigarette industry believe smoking does not cause cancer.
        pdskep
      • Not everyone who smokes gets cancer so

        cigarettes don't automatically cause cancer. They probably raise the risk in certain segments of the population.
        fr_gough
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @fr_gough Using that argument nothing causes cancer.
        pdskep
    • And implied with "may" is "may not." So the most

      accurate headline would be "Cell phone radiation may or may not cause cancer."
      fr_gough
    • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

      @pdskep

      The report should read LAWS DF PHYSICS BROKEN.

      As apparently non-ionising radiation is being blamed for cancer. When are they going to explain the mechanism? Do I have to avoid hot showers now?
      tonymcs1
      • RE: WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer

        @tonymcs@... They wouldn't do that, they're fear mongolers why would they?
        killa132004