Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mobile Phones are possible cancer-causing agents

The use of mobile phones may raise the risk of glioma as per the World Health Organization. Glioma is a type of brain tumor. Warning was declared at the end of 8 day meeting in Lyon, France by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 31st May after reviewing 100s of published studies into the potential cancer risks caused by electromagnetic fields. Mobile phones emit radio-frequency electromagnetic fields which are possible cancer-causing agents. Experts put mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust, chloroform and coffee.

There was enough data to prove that radiation from mobile phones are possible cancer-causing agents while there was not enough evidence to show that mobile phones are safe, as per scientists. Categorizing as possible cancer-causing agents does not mean that they automatically cause cancer and as per some experts, decision should not change mobile phone habits of people. But experts suggest people should use texting and hands free devices to decrease the radiation exposure. They also suggest that people should limit their time on a cell phone as well as hold the phone 1 inch away.

The risk of Glioma is doubled if exposure to radiation is prolonged over 10 years. As per study of past cell phone use, the group who used cell phones 30 min daily over ten years had 40% more chances of gliomas. As per experts, children are more vulnerable as their skulls and scalps are thinner therefore the radiation go deeper into the brain. The radiation impact in children is much higher as their cells are dividing at a faster rate. There are more than 5 billion cell phones subscribers throughout the world.

Cell phone number and average time spent are increasing so health concerns are also growing. The warning by IARC is not based on scientific evidence so it is essential to conduct additional research into the long-term and heavy use of mobile phones. There is some data of increased risk of cancers such as glioma and acoustic neuroma. Last year IARC declared that there was no connection between cell phones and brain cancer. As per experts, cancerous tumors take decades to develop so it is not possible to conclude mobile phones have no long-term health risks.

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