WHO Says Mobile Phone Use May Increase Cancer Risk

June 1st, 2011 at 12:29 pm

On the health front, the news may not be as welcoming for the millions of mobile phone users. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), radiation from mobile phones may post a health threat as it may be a cancer risk. The organization has listed mobile phone use in the same carcinogenic hazard category as that of engine exhaust, lead and chloroform.

The announcement was made by a team comprising of 31 scientists coming from 14 countries, which included the US. They evaluated a number of peer-reviewed studies concerning mobile phone safety. After the assessment the team found substantial evidence to put personal exposure to mobile phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

The team have found evidence of an increase of incidence of glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer from mobile phone users. It may stem from the radiation emitted by a mobile phone, which is called non-ionizing. It is a type of radiation that may be likened more to a low powered microwave oven than to X-ray radiation.

According to Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, “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,” Black further added.

Mobile phones emit radiation the most when they are trying to connect to cellular towers, a moving phone or one that is in an area with a weak signal may work harder, therefore is giving off more radiation. Mobile phone users should try to become more aware of the risks, now that the WHO has announced its use as a possible carcinogenic hazard. The use of handsfree devices or putting it in speakerphone mode when answering may help prevent close contact with the mobile phone unit as it is being used and therefore may help avoid the radiation it emits.

Source: CNN


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