Source: Joel Moskowitz, Director, Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health, University of California
WHO Monograph on Cancer Risk from Mobile Phone Use Released
The World Health Organization concludes there is “limited evidence” in both humans and laboratory animals for the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation, especially from cell phones.
Joel M. Moskowitz, PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 19, 2013
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) published its long-awaited monograph on the cancer risk to humans from exposure to cell phone radiation and other radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. The primary focus of the review is on the microwave radiation emitted by cell phones.
According to the monograph, “Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).” (p. 421) Children are particularly vulnerable to this carcinogenic effect as “the average exposure from use of the same mobile phone is higher by a factor of 2 in a child’s brain and higher by a factor of 10 in the bone marrow of the skull.” Also, the child‚s brain is developing at a greater rate than the adult brain.
The human research reviewed by IARC examined people who used legally-acquired cell phones that passed regulatory standards. They were exposed to nonthermal doses of microwave radiation from their cell phones. Yet IARC concluded there is evidence, though somewhat limited still, that these exposures caused increased risk of glioma and acoustic neuroma. Thus, it is time for all nations to review their cell phone regulatory standards and testing procedures in order to protect their citizens from preventable risks. Also, it is critical that governments provide ample warnings to cell phone users how to use their phones safely.
I have excerpted from the monograph what I consider the most important quotes. I also include a link to the full monograph which can be downloaded.
To see this news release: http://www.prlog.org/12122198
To see the rest of the story: http://saferemr.blogspot.com/2013/04/who-monograph-on-cancer-risk-from.html
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
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