Expert agencies

So far I’ve been focusing on the literature and the scientific evidence, or better the lack of scientific evidence.

In this next post I’ll present the positions of several expert agencies.

The international Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO). Their mission is cancer research for cancer prevention. The published the following, I quote: “Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer  IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer 1, associated with wireless phone use.” – end quote.
The 2B classification implies that there could be some risk associated with the use of wireless telephones.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has not classified cell phones as having cancer-causing potential. The organization is still running tests on animals since they claim more tests are needed.

The Center for Disease control and prevention (CDC) recognizes that there are some studies that do raise concern. But they state that when all the research is taken together there is no indication for a significant association between cell phone use and health effects.

Altogether it seems that most of the organizations follow the opinion of the WHO or are still investigating whether or not there are health risk to the use of cell phones. But even the WHO is not clearly stating that there are risks involved. This emphasizes the uncertainty of the scientists conducting research on this topic.

In my opinion the clearest answer will be given by history. In a few decades when the data for brain cancer and global cell phone usage can be compared for a longer period of time it will be clear whether or not there is a relation between cell phone use and brain cancer.

 

Main sources:

The IARC: http://www.iarc.fr/
The American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/
European cancer organization: http://www.ecco-org.eu/
National Toxicology Program: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/
Center for Disease control and prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/
U.S. Food and Drug administration: http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

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