From Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Call for Action to Reduce Harm from Mobile Phone Radiation
The European Environment Agency published a major report today to alert governments about the need to attend to early warning signs about technology health risks, including mobile phones.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Jan. 24, 2013 – The 750-page volume, “Late Lessons from Early Warnings,” includes twenty new case studies and has major implications for policy, science and society. Although the report was prepared by the European Environment Agency to provide guidance to the EU nations, its implications are global. (1)
Brain tumor risk associated with cell phone use is addressed in one of the report’s chapters. (2) The report highlights the classification of this form of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as “possibly carcinogenic”, or cancer causing, by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2011.
The research that has found increased brain tumor risk associated with long term mobile phone use is reviewed. The authors note that governments and industry have been slow to respond to the WHO’s precautionary warnings and urges policy makers to respond to early warnings more quickly. It argues that industries that cause future harm must pay for the damage and suggests that taking early precautions can stimulate rather than stifle innovation.
The report accuses the mobile phone industry of “inertia in considering the various studies and taking the IARC carcinogenic classification into account,” criticizes the media for not “providing the public with robust and consistent information on potential health risks,” and attacks governments for shirking “their responsibilities to protect public health from this widespread source of radiation.”
Although the report acknowledges the many benefits of mobile phones to society, it recommends the need for precautionary actions to reduce cell phone radiation exposures to minimize the extent and seriousness of the risks to the brain and other organs.