By: John Lester - Staff Writer
Published: Jun 6, 2021

Cell Phones Study Unveils Link To Cancer

Cell phones may cause brain cancer, according to a World Health Organization agency. Exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from handsets is greater than that from phone towers and base stations. We’ve heard a lot about this subject, but is it true?

Robert Baan, the senior scientist in charge of the International Agency for Research on Cancer report on the subject, said it is true because the fields are “possibly” carcinogenic, the same category as diesel fuel, chloroform and working as a firefighter, which classifies cancer risks.

This is the first time an agency working group has surveyed research on radiofrequency electromagnetic fields to make a definitive classification, the IARC said yesterday. The agency didn’t issue guidelines for cell-phone use and said more study is needed after finding some evidence for an increased risk of glioma, or brain cancer.

“It’s not at the moment clearly established that the use of mobile phones does in fact cause cancer,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC Monographs Program, adding that the research points to ways in which risks may be lowered. “For example, the highest exposure is from voice calls. If you use text messaging or headsets, this will lower the exposure.”

Concerns have risen in recent years that cell phones might be harmful to the health of people who use them, according to the WHO agency, which said there are 5 billion wireless subscriptions worldwide. The U.S. Federal Communication Commission has said devices with a specific absorption rate, the amount of radio-frequency energy absorbed by the body, within a set limit are safe. There’s been conflicting studies done on cell phones from both sides on this cancer debate.


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