Radiation from cell phones is “possibly” carcinogenic” to humans, according to the international expert panel at the World Health Organization. Scientists are evaluating the safety of the cell phones and smart phones.
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer panel, which included 31 scientists from 14 countries, reached its conclusion after conducting an exhaustive review of the scientific literature during an eight-day meeting in Lyon, France.
“The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk,” said Dr. Jonathan Samet, chair of the panel.
The latest classification was based on the two large epidemiological studies that found an association between cell phone use and cancer.
Read press release from World Health Organization.
What Should You Do?
Radio frequency electromagnetic fields radiating from cell phones, cell towers, wireless networks and other wireless technologies have caused mounting concerns about the possible adverse health effects.
Even with a small degree of risk, the question becomes how serious might the long-term implications to health be? And, more importantly, what is the long-term risk to health when you are located near a cell tower or your children attend a school where a cell tower is located?
- Limit cell phone use.
- Use a headset (wired version preferred).
- Use text messages to keep the phone away from your body.
- Read the distance recommendations. From one of the droid phone manuals: “keep the mobile device and its antenna at least 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) from your body when transmitting.”
- Do not put the phone in your pocket or close to your body. Most manuals warn against this – unless the phone is in a specially-designed “holster” that shields the user.
- Children are more susceptible to possible issues – teach children and teens how to safely use their phones.
- Use “airplane mode” to switch “off” your phone if you must put it into your pocket. You won’t get calls, messages or email – but they’ll be there when you enable your phone again.