PARIS .- The International Centre for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that radio frequency electromagnetic fields, which include mobile phones, “could be carcinogenic to human beings.”
“The tests, which continue to accumulate, are very strong to justify a classification level 2b for cell phones, one of the five levels of classification that defines products that could be carcinogenic to humans,” said working group chairman, Jonathan Samet.
“The team based this classification (…) on epidemiological studies showing an increased risk of glioma, cancer of the brain related to wireless phone use,” said Jonathan Samet.
This rating means that “there is a risk, and therefore we must closely monitor the relationship between mobile phones and the cancer risk,” he added.
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries worked on the study, they analyzed all published works on the subject of cancer and mobile phone use.
Before today’s announcement, WHO assured consumers that cellphones were not found to have adverse health effects is users.