The latest studies indicate that mobile phones may cause brain tumours. The effect of mobile phones on the brain has been under scrutiny for many years but there has never been any conclusive reports on whether or not using a mobile phone actually poses a significant health risk.
Health reporters have made the point that the connection between mobile phone usage and cancer is no different from the links of coffee / caffeine and cancer – there are indications of a possible risk but nothing has ever been proved. Also, even if there was a real risk then a cost-benefit analysis would be needed to determine the impact of the risk – would owning a mobile phone for 30 years improve quality of life more than the increased risk of cancer at a later stage in life hinder it?
The latest report comes from the World Health Organization. They say simple that mobiles phones are “possibly carcinogenic” which is enough to cause widespread tabloid panic, but not enough to result in change in legislation or laws governing the production and distribution of mobile phones.
A UK cancer charity has already stated that the WHO report does not provide anything substantial enough to worry about for the moment. So, how did the WHO come to their recent conclusions?
Epidemiological Studies of Mobile Phone Usages and Cancer
The World Health Organization gathered 31 experts to a summit in Lyon, France, to discuss the evidence to date on the subject of mobile phones and cancer. As well as mobile phones they also examined the research into electromagnetic fields, another area which many people believe is a cause of cancer.
Their findings showed that there is a possible connection between mobile phone usage and glioma, which is a form of cancer which affects the brain and spine.
However, overall most studies do not show any link between cancer and mobile phones. There is also no evidence that the rates of brain cancer have risen in line with the increased use of mobile phones. If there was a connection then we would have expected to see many new cases of brain cancer by now.
You can read the full press release from the WHO here: “IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS” WHO Press Release No. 208.
This page was written by Jon Wade, principal author and editor of Medimise.