WHO Assessment Cellphones Use at "Possibly Carcinogenic"

According to the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has announced today that using cellphones might be "possibly carcinogenic to humans". It states that "heavy" cellphone users (defined as people who use the phone for 30 minutes or more a day for more than 10 years) might be at risk of […]

According to the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has announced today that using cellphones might be "possibly carcinogenic to humans". It states that "heavy" cellphone users (defined as people who use the phone for 30 minutes or more a day for more than 10 years) might be at risk of getting a brain cancer called "glioma."

Their conclusion? We need more data, but it's looking as if wireless communications are, at the very least, not not carcinogenic.

The only positive data were deemed too "limited" or "inadequate" to permit the group to say there's a definite link, though they saw fit to give it a 2B rating, "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

The panel used previously released studies on the subject rather than conduct new studies on its own. That particular fact has already come under attack by the wireless phone trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association. In a statement the group said that the WH0 panel "conducts numerous reviews and in the past has given the same score to, for example, pickled vegetables and coffee."

It added that under the WHO panel's own rules. "... limited evidence from statistical studies can be found even though bias and other data flaws may be the basis for the results."

The wireless trade group also added that studies from the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have not shown any evidence that using cellphones cause cancer.

The full press release is embedded below: