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Submission + - Cellphone Use May Be A Cancer Risk After All (npr.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A bunch of experts convened by the World Health Organization have decided that cellphones might pose a risk of brain cancer in humans.

The finding that cellphones are a possible carcinogen is a bit of surprise. Only last year, a WHO-organized study of cellphone risks that was the largest conducted to date found scant evidence to support a link between cellphones and brain cancers.

But a group of 31 experts from 14 countries conducted a review of the scientific literature and determined that the evidence, though limited, could support a connection between cellphone use and brain tumors — cancerous gliomas and acoustic neuromas, which are noncancerous. (A summary of the findings is described in this press release.)

The evidence didn't support a link between the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones with other cancers.

The findings by the cancer experts will be evaluated by WHO and health agencies in individual countries.

The full review will be published in the July 1 issue of the medical journal The Lancet Oncology and will be available online in a few days, the WHO's IARC said.

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Cellphone Use May Be A Cancer Risk After All

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  • CNN [cnn.com] adds, among other things:

    The European Environmental Agency has pushed for more studies, saying cell phones could be as big a public health risk as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline.

    Will "second-hand cell phone usage" lead to bans? New Yorkers must be getting nervous.

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