Cellphones are now classified in the same category as the pesticide DDT, lead and engine exhaust, or as a “carcinogenic hazard,” according to the World Health Organization.
The verdict was announced Tuesday after a team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the U.S. examined numerous studies and found sufficient evidence to deem cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” said CNN.
That means there’s enough evidence showing a possible link between cancer and cellphone radiation to alert consumers.
There are too few long term studies on cellphone use to make a definitive determination.
“What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain. So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center according to CNN.
Last year, a large study found no clear link between cellphone radiation and cancer, but that study raised concerns as it’s fine print actually revealed a possible connection between heavy phone use and a rare brain tumor called a glioma. Also, that study began with people who already had cancer and asked them to recall how often they use their phones, dating back to 10 years ago.
About 30 other studies have been performed in Europe, New Zealand the U.S. on the topic. But many cancers take decades to develop and heavy cellphone use is relatively recent.
There are about 5 billion cellphone users worldwide.
Cellphone makers advice you to hold the phone about ½ inch or more away from your body.
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