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World Health Org Lists Mobile Phones As A Possible Carcinogen

The World Health Organisation has categorised mobile phones as a ‘possible carcinogen’ along side lead and chloroform.

A WHO panel comprising 31 scientists from 14 companies met for a week to examine evidence in order to determine whether cellphone usage can cause cancer. The team found enough evidence to label mobile phones as a ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’.

According to an article on CNN, the scientists found evidence that mobile phones were linked to glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer. They were unable to link other forms of cancer to mobile phone use.

Meanwhile, the wireless industry pointed out that the WHO report did not mean that cell phones definitely cause cancer and added that the report was not based on new studies but those conducted in the past.

The European Environment Agency has called for more studies into the cancer causing elements in mobile phones and said that mobile devices could be categorised as carcinogenic for the same reasons as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline.

"When you look at cancer development -- particularly brain cancer -- it takes a long time to develop. I think it is a good idea to give the public some sort of warning that long-term exposure to radiation from your cell phone could possibly cause cancer," said Dr. Henry Lai, professor in bioengineering at the University of Washington, io9 (opens in new tab)reports.