Using mobile phones can increase risk of cancer diagnosis, WHO warns

1st June 2011

Mobile phone users have been warned to limit their usage, following advice from the World Health Organisation that radiation from the devices may lead to cancer.

Using hands free sets and texting instead of calling were suggested as measures to reduce exposure to the potentially harmful radiation, which may be as harmful as drinking coffee or dry cleaning, WHO has claimed.

These are classified in group 2b for risk, which means that scientists believe they may cause cancer, but conclusive evidence to back up the belief is a long way off.

Dr Christopher Wild, director of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, said: "Given the potential consequences for public health, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure."

Cancer Research UK states that most studies suggest there is no real link between the use of mobile phones and the development of brain cancer.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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