March 16, 2013
WHO Releases Another Cancer Study, But I’m Still Using My Cell Phone
It seems like every few weeks or so, health experts release a new report suggesting a connection between cell phone use and cancer.The latest word comes from The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the cancer branch of the World Health Organization (WHO). They recently reviewed possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar as part of a weeklong conference in Lyons, France.The conclusion: cell phones may be carcinogenic.I feel the need to step in here and say that enough is enough.These kinds of reports aren’t adding anything to current knowledge. If anything, they confuse the public more than they benefit them.The problem is that the WHO comes out with these “Well, maybe” studies over and over again, and they always leave the public hanging.To say that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic to humans and then not add anything that the public can use is not going to change anything in terms of the manufacturing or regulations of cell phones around the world.These claims need to be backed up with solid evidence. Tell us specifically that after X amount of exposure time, then there is this much increased cancer risk. For example, if you use your phone more than five hours a day, your risk of developing cancer increases two percent–but this isn’t what the WHO is doing.In my opinion, they need to give us specific scientific evidence that shows that there is any increased risk of cancer.Until then, I’ll still be using my cell phone, and so will everyone else, I bet.