Much of the news media today is beside itself with articles about the World Health Organization's announcement that cellphones might increase the risk of brain cancer.
Give me a break!
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries evaluated a variety of previous studies -- not any new research -- about the possible effects of holding cellphones up to your head. The scientists concluded that cellphones are "possibly carcinogenic to humans" for glioma, a specific form of brain cancer.
As a result, the WHO has placed cellphones in the same category as chloroform, lead, and vehicle exhaust.
Cellphone cancer possibilities are news only to people who have been living under a rock. For years scientists have been studying this.
Almost every study is inconclusive, including a previous 10-year WHO study -- and those are the real facts.
The head of the WHO group that looks at potential cancer-causing agents tells Bloomberg, "Itís not at the moment clearly established that the use of mobile phones does in fact cause cancer."
As Professor Alistair Woodware, head of Auckland University's School of Population Health, says, "What intrigues me about the work that's come out on cellphones is its consistency. It's consistently unclear."
My advice is to wear a wired or wireless headset to keep the phone away from your head, and don't worry about fearmongering articles.
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