World Health Organization: Cellphones are "possibly carcinogenic"

Cellphones are everywhere, all over the world. All of us know this. More and more people are buying and using wireless phones every single day. That's a given as well. But could using a cellphone constantly and for a long time be a health threat to its users?

According to statements made today by the World Health Organization, the answer is, "Maybe." The group's panel, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has announced today that using cellphones might be "possibly carcinogenic to humans". It states that "heavy" cellphone users (defined as people who use the phone for 30 minutes or more a day for more than 10 years) might be at risk of getting a brain cancer called glioma, according to an Information Week story.

The panel used previously released studies on the subject rather than conduct new studies on its own. That particular fact has already come under attack by the wireless phone trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association. In a statement the group said that the WH0 panel "conducts numerous reviews and in the past has given the same score to, for example, pickled vegetables and coffee." It added that under the WHO panel's own rules. "... limited evidence from statistical studies can be found even though bias and other data flaws may be the basis for the results." The wireless trade group also added that studies from the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have not shown any evidence that using cellphones cause cancer.

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Note that "possibly carcinogenic" isn't the same as "potentially carcinogenic". WHO simply doesn't know. This is one way of saying that. It's just another wording of "Cell phone radiation? We have no f-ing clue! Go ask someone else." It could be that they aren't dangerous radiating!

It's irresponsible of WHO to state this when they also say "even though bias and other data flaws may be the basis for the results". Jesus... At least find some data you can rely on. Otherwise keep your mouth shut to not scare people. WHO is saying "We don't know, and we can't rely on data to be sure of whatever the hell this means."

WHO should refer to past science on this subject: http://www.nature.com/scitable...new/whats_new_friday_20_may

what about Wifi? High-voltage power lines? Microwave ovens? the sun? the TV? the gps? there are plenty of waves all around the globe for every purpose....

If on the cigarette packs it is written in huge bold font: "Smoking kills you" and yet people continue to smoke, what more can you do !!!!!

Anyway, speaking for myself, I am in no danger for brain damage as i use the smart cellphone very very very little, a couple of calls a week, instead i use it for other Smart stuff like internet, navigation, email, sms.... no place near my head

ramik said,
what about Wifi? High-voltage power lines? Microwave ovens? the sun? the TV? the gps? there are plenty of waves all around the globe for every purpose....

If on the cigarette packs it is written in huge bold font: "Smoking kills you" and yet people continue to smoke, what more can you do !!!!!

Anyway, speaking for myself, I am in no danger for brain damage as i use the smart cellphone very very very little, a couple of calls a week, instead i use it for other Smart stuff like internet, navigation, email, sms.... no place near my head

it doesnt matter, ure still using it and its gradually buidling up, all these devices and methods you mentioned are hazardous and everyone should keep it in mind

but as convenient as they are i dont give a damn what happens

ramik said,
what about Wifi? High-voltage power lines? Microwave ovens? the sun? the TV? the gps? there are plenty of waves all around the globe for every purpose....

If on the cigarette packs it is written in huge bold font: "Smoking kills you" and yet people continue to smoke, what more can you do !!!!!

Anyway, speaking for myself, I am in no danger for brain damage as i use the smart cellphone very very very little, a couple of calls a week, instead i use it for other Smart stuff like internet, navigation, email, sms.... no place near my head

it doesnt matter, ure still using it and its gradually buidling up, all these devices and methods you mentioned are hazardous and everyone should keep it in mind

but as convenient as they are i dont give a damn what happens

even if you dont use a phone, you still suffer the consequences .. if you are in the way of a phone contacting the server/satelite.. whatever, the radioactive rays go straight through you and this probably happens a couple of time per day

If you observe cigarette usage over 10 years, you'll likely see no cancer. Give it 30 or 50 years and the story changes dramatically. Same deal here.

Everything causes cancer. Least I know if I ever feel like i'm getting it I can call the doctor on my phone! Smoking, drinking, food, air, water, tv, radio, hell what doesn't give you cancer, i'm sure some kitchen sinks do! Its a part of the modern world and its horrible be scary but thats life now. I don't doubt they increase chances, but I could get hit by a bus tomorrow.

Penis, vaginas (I am serious - oral sex is apparently cancerous), coffee, engine exhaust, and now...cell phones. May as well be dead.

So we've done "extensive research" for the last 20 years, and they're STILL coming up with a "maybe"?

C'mon, get some real facts and figures, then report back to us...

Archstroke said,
Based on the WHO's rating of 2B, cellphones are as dangerous as coffee and apples, and sunlight.

Oh well in that case I'm *definitely* glad I threw out my cell phone

asuh said,
CNN did a big puff piece on this as well, very much alarmist and meant to scare you. Here's reaction from a physicist on the subject

http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN11/wn052011.html

I saw the piece by Sanjay Gupta..who in my opinion just likes to shock and awe people..cause thats what CNN wants them to do so you will watch their network. But something Gupta said had me wonder...he said something about if the cell phone you are using is having trouble keeping the call connected due to a bad signal...Gupta said that the phone would emit more radiation to try to keep the call connected??

Ummm...never heard of a phone that would actually send out a harder reception to keep a call connected.

texasghost said,
he said something about if the cell phone you are using is having trouble keeping the call connected due to a bad signal...Gupta said that the phone would emit more radiation to try to keep the call connected??

Cell phones have done this for many many years.

It's why the battery runs out quicker if you make calls from within a car or if you're in an area of very poor signal.

DonC said,

Cell phones have done this for many many years.

It's why the battery runs out quicker if you make calls from within a car or if you're in an area of very poor signal.

Great. So now we've got more ammunititon for Verizon. Not only can you hear me now, but you are statistical less likely to die of a brain tumor. /

doesnt this news come out every couple of years?
"cell phones could possible maybe be cancerous?"
swore i've read it dozens of times every now and then already

In 1990..there were only about 2 million cell phones being used in the world...to get a cell phone..you had to have some cash to spend.

Now we are at about 4.6 billion being used. Even a homeless person can get a cell phone. Would be interesting if someone somewhere played the biggest joke on people to get people to radiate their brains by cell phone use...and it turned out...over 3 billion people ended up dying from brain tumors over the next 20 years.

Would definately solve the global warming issue.

texasghost said,
In 1990..there were only about 2 million cell phones being used in the world...to get a cell phone..you had to have some cash to spend.

Now we are at about 4.6 billion being used. Even a homeless person can get a cell phone. Would be interesting if someone somewhere played the biggest joke on people to get people to radiate their brains by cell phone use...and it turned out...over 3 billion people ended up dying from brain tumors over the next 20 years.

Would definately solve the global warming issue.

Shhh. It's supposed to be a secret.

/top secrets exposed

Please stay where you are. Trust us, this is not because we are attempting to pinpoint your location to within 50ft via the GPS in your brain melting device.

Well thankfully I use an ultra high power Bluetooth / microwave device that's hooked up to a car battery and makes the back of my eyeballs feel hot. I know that I'm safe! No cancer for me.

Until this: According to statements made today by the World Health Organization...
Becomes this: According to statistics and studies published today by the World Health Organization that definitively prove...

They should STFU.

...as if this rumour didn't die out 10 years ago.

'hi guys, today we will learn about excessive alcohol comsumption and/or smoking and how it causes cancer...'

n_K said,
...as if this rumour didn't die out 10 years ago.
It's not a rumor. Cancer = sudden mutation of cells which survive long enough to become self-sustaining. It has been proven that high energy and intense radiation such as the cell-phone radiation can cause such mutations at a higher rate.

Jebadiah said,
It's not a rumor. Cancer = sudden mutation of cells which survive long enough to become self-sustaining. It has been proven that high energy and intense radiation such as the cell-phone radiation can cause such mutations at a higher rate.

but cell phone radiation is neither high energy nor intense.... next to an antenna on a radio tower it is intense, but it is not high energy in the sense of damaging dna and causing mutations... that would be radiation from nuclear reactions or outer space physics you are talking about...